Vin Testa of Washington waves a rainbow flag in support of gay rights outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, as key decisions are expected to be announced. The Supreme Court resolved five cases, including affirmative action, on Monday. That leaves disputes about gay marriage and voting rights among the six remaining cases. The justices are meeting again Tuesday to issue some opinions and will convene at least one more time. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The Supreme Court has ruled that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.This means that married same-sex couples in the twelve states that currently recognize same-sex marriages along with the District of Columbia will have their marriages recognized by the federal government and can start to receive federal benefits. This ruling won't have any direct effect on same-sex marriage bans in other states.