PHOTOS: Marriage equality celebrations sweep the country

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(L-R) Rachel Howald, Kate Lummus, Virginia Sin and Gretchen Menter celebrate after the Supreme Court ruled key portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)...
(L-R) Rachel Howald, Kate Lummus, Virginia Sin and Gretchen Menter celebrate after the Supreme Court ruled key portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)...
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Advocates of marriage equality celebrated a landmark day in the gay-rights movement on Wednesday after the Supreme Court handed down a pair of decisions that paved a path toward universal marriage rights for same-sex couples.

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which had previously barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. And in a separate ruling released just minutes after DOMA was declared unconstitutional, the Court took the Proposition 8 case and cleared the way for legal gay marriage in California.

See how advocates and supporters of marriage equality celebrated across the country.

PHOTOS: Marriage equality celebrations sweep the country

Updated