The court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act—a 1996 law that limited federal marriage benefits and effectively banned gay marriage at the federal level–unconstitutional and dismissed an attempt to uphold Proposition 8—a 2008 California provision banning same-sex marriage. The latter decision again legalizes gay marriage in California.
Instagram photos and videos and vines aplenty emerged from outside the Supreme Court as supporters awaited and celebrated the decisions.
Based in Montreal, Kris Holt has been writing about technology and web culture since 2010. He writes for Engadget and Tech News World, and his byline has also appeared in Paste, Salon, International Business Times, Mashable, and elsewhere.