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    Top court elevates same-sex marriage

    The Supreme Court issued two rulings Wednesday that bolstered gay marriage. Use the graphic below to see how the tool affected Here's a quick look at how the rulings affected gay marriage laws..
     
    States that ban same-sex marriage
    States that allow same-sex marriage
    Proposition 8
    Ruled that a lower federal court did not have the right to appeal a California court's ruling, which repealed Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage.
    Before ruling
    After ruling
    This ruling opens the door for California to legalize same-sex marriage...
    yes
    no
    yes
    no
    Marry?
    Defense of Marriage Act
    Ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, which withheld federal benefits to same-sex couples, was unconstitutional.
    Before ruling
    After ruling
    ... which would allow same-sex couples access to federal benefits.
    yes
    no
    yes
    no
    Federal benefits?

    SOURCES: Globe reporting

    Alvin Chang / Globe Staff