Following the passing of Proposition 8 back in 2008, Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier, a lesbian couple from Berkeley, and gay partners Katami and Jeffrey Zarrillo of Burbank, were denied their legal right to marry.
Today, “even as the court dodged the fundamental issue of whether marriage is a constitutionally-protected right for all couples, gay or straight,” writes CBS News, they struck down a very big part of anti-gay legislation. The Supreme Court just ruled that both the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 unconstitutional.
The case involving the couples mentioned above was dismissed on procedural grounds, and the decision on their case was left up to state legislation (as opposed to federal).
"We are happy Prop. 8 remains the law of California," Austin Nimocks, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom.
President Obama, who has shown support for equal marriage rights, even called the couples to personally congratulate them on their success. “You guys should be very proud of today," said the President. "You're helping a whole lot of people, everywhere." The phone call was shown live on MSNBC.
Later, Obama Tweeted his support, as well: