The Supreme Court on Wednesday helped the gay-rights movement take two giant steps forward. In one ruling, the court declared that the federal Defense of Marriage act was unconstitutional, allowing same-sex couples to receive federal benefits. Then the court effectively quashed California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, known as Proposition 8, by ordering an appeals court to dismiss a case defending the ban.
As the back-to-back rulings were announced, gay rights supporters across the country turned to one another in utter jubilation — tears were shed, kisses were shared, and hearty hugs were passed around. Here, a roundup of such heartwarming reactions.