TODAY   |  June 27, 2013

Landmark SCOTUS ruling inspires celebration in Calif.

After a historic day at the Supreme Court, during which the justices struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and paved the way for same-sex marriage in California, gay marriage proponents celebrate while opponents say the fight is not over. NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez reports..

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>>> supreme court 's historic decisions on same sex marriage are being celebrated by some, blasted by others this morning. already those rulings are having a major impact across the country. nbc's gabe gutierrez is in san francisco for us this morning. gabe, good morning.

>> reporter: savannah, good morning. city hall behind me is getting ready to resume same sex marriages within the next month. as you mentioned, the supreme court rulings are already having a huge impact nationwide. in one of the country's oldest and largest gay neighborhoods, vindication. it was the day san francisco 's district had been waiting for.

>> we've been waiting forever.

>> reporter: the supreme court striking down the federal defense of marriage act known as doma now giving same sex spouses like edith windsor equal protection under the law in states that already allow gay couples to marry.

>> the beginning of the end of stigma.

>> reporter: in a second decision the court tossed out an appeal involving california 's proposition 8 .

>> i feel blessed with every fiber of my being to be an american and a californian today.

>> reporter: clearing the way for same sex marriages to resume in that state.

>> i love america every day but i love it so much today.

>> reporter: the california couples who challenged the law interrupted during their interview on msnbc by a phone call from the president.

>> we're proud of you guys.

>> reporter: california will now become the 13th state along with washington, d.c. to allow gay marriage setting the stage for legal challenges across the country.

>> the next step is to take the doma battle state by state.

>> reporter: opponents say the fight isn't over. the institution of marriage should not be manipulated either by the courts who are unelected nor by elected officials who have failed to uphold their responsibility.

>> reporter: in a written statement cardinal timothy dolan of new york said, today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. but that's not stopping shaunna ramirez roseboro and her partner who have already adopted the same hyphenated last name.

>> this day represents a green light for the rest of our lives.

>> reporter: now they just want their bond to finally be legal. the timing of the supreme court ruling coincided here with gay pride weekend. more celebrations are expected here in san francisco through sunday, matt.

>> all right. gabe gutierrez on this story for us. thanks