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Supreme Court rulings boost gay 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Ruled that a lower federal court did not have the right to appeal a California court's ruling, which repealed Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage.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

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