In a landmark victory for equality, the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a key section of the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" or DOMA, a law that prohibited the federal government from recognizing legally married same-sex couples. In a 5 to 4 ruling, the Court determined that DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment. In a 5-4 vote, the Court also denied standing in Hollingsworth v Perry, which challenged the constitutionality of California's anti-gay Proposition 8 or Prop. 8, a statewide ban on marriage equality. The decision will restore marriage equality in California.
Celebrities and LGBT advocates including GLAAD spokespeople Wilson Cruz and Omar Sharif, Jr. discussed the rulings on Twitter, expressing their happiness and support for marriage equality. Check out your favorite celebrity's tweets below, and see what Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Degeneres, Adam Lambert, Naya Rivera and more had to say the morning of the decision and support from Shay Mitchell, Lance Bass, Pink, Chris Colfer and more later that afternoon.
— Omar Sharif Jr. (@OmarSharifJr) June 26, 2013
Long, historic day! Favorite part: everyone at the rally, rightfully, congratulating each other! Cool!! Good night. Tomorrow, SF for PRIDE!
— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) June 27, 2013
Watching the love spout about back at home from across the pond. Love is love is love is love. It's wonderful.
— Dianna Agron (@DiannaAgron) June 26, 2013
— Cheyenne Jackson (@cheyennejackson) June 26, 2013
Today is a good day. A great day. A historic day. So proud of our country. #love&equalityforall
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) June 26, 2013
Hey! You know what? The Kids Are All Right! Defense of marriage falls! We chose love over hate! Goodbye #DOMA
— Mark Ruffalo (@Mruff221) June 26, 2013
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) June 26, 2013
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 26, 2013
America made a great stride toward equality for all today. There is still a fight ahead of us, but this is a huge victory. #equality
— Andrew Rannells (@AndrewRannells) June 26, 2013
Though there is still a bit of a journey ahead of us, a monumental step in the right direction has been taken. Let's keep walking, friends.
— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) June 26, 2013
Equal rights 4 everyone! Isn't that a no-brainer though? - Supreme Court Bolsters Gay Marriage With Two Major Rulings http://t.co/1PbNm6LlVC
— oliviamunn (@oliviamunn) June 26, 2013
Very pleased about the Supreme Courts rulings today on DOMA and gay marriage in CA.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) June 26, 2013
A big day for equality and human rights. I'm smiling so big right now.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 26, 2013
Love is beautiful and right and EQUAL. Better late than never, I guess #GETMURRIED
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) June 26, 2013
DOMA is dead!!!! Yippee….
— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) June 26, 2013