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Social Issues Breaking News: It's Complicated: Lots to Sort Out on Gay Marriage


Two landmark Supreme Court rulings that bolster gay marriage rights don't remove all barriers to same-sex unions by a long shot. Where gay couples live still will have a lot to do with how they're treated.

Chanting "DOMA is Dead," supporters of same-sex marriage burst into cheers and some wept openly upon hearing word of the Supreme Court's decision striking down a federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The Supreme Court ended its term with the most far-reaching and hotly awaited decisions of the year. It overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which will bring sweeping changes to the way Social Security and other benefits are awarded, and it opened the door to resume same-sex marriages in California, the country's most populous state.