The plaza in front of the Supreme Court was awash with rainbow flags and “marry who you love” signs on Wednesday, as hun­dreds of gay Amer­i­cans cel­e­brated two his­toric vic­to­ries for advo­cates of same-​​sex marriage.

“Seven years ago we lit­er­ally had to leave the country to make a legal com­mit­ment to each other,” said John Becker, a 28-​​year-​​old who went to Canada to marry his hus­band. “Now I come to the Supreme Court in 2013 and hear that for the first time the fed­eral gov­ern­ment recog­nises the reality, which is we are not strangers, we are spouses.”
 
With Wednesday’s deci­sions, the highest court in the US has taken a posi­tion on a con­tro­ver­sial social issue that has divided the country for years, and con­tinues to be a cul­tural fault line.

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