Carlos McKnight of Washington, waves a flag in support of gay marriage outside of the Supreme Court in Washington D.C. on June 26.

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Carlos McKnight of Washington, waves a flag in support of gay marriage outside of the Supreme Court in Washington D.C. on June 26.

Photographer: Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

Here’s How America Celebrated the Supreme Court Gay Marriage Decision

There were tears and cheers, followed closely by hugs and kisses. At rallies in Washington D.C. and across the country, crowds erupted as news broke that the Supreme Court had ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry nationwide. “The right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in a decision in which he joined the court’s four Democratic appointees in the majority.  “Couples of the same sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty.”

An intern runs the same-sex marriage opinion to colleagues after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Washington, D.C., on Friday. 

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Supporters of same-sex marriage celebrate outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

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Madeleine Troup, of Houston, wipes tears of joy away after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages nationwide on Friday.

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People celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. after its historic decision on gay marriage. 

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Elaine Cleary, right, embraces her girlfriend Arielle Cronig, both students at Ohio State University, on the steps outside the U.S. Supreme Court after the same-sex marriage ruling in Washington, D.C., on Friday, June 26, 2015.

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Same-sex marriage supporters hold up balloons that spell the word "love" as they wait outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, before the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US.

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Same-sex marriage supporters from the Human Rights Campaign celebrate in Washington, D.C.

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Doug Mest, left, and Mark Pelekakis, second left, of Los Angeles, kiss outside the Stonewall Inn after the U.S. Supreme court ruling in New York.

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Attorney Dana Nussel, left, gestures with Jayne Rowse, center, and April DeBoer, plaintiffs in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, during a news conference after the same-sex marriage ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Friday, June 26, 2015.

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Demonstrators in support of same-sex marriage embrace after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in San Francisco.

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John Becker, right, hugs his friend and fellow LGBT advocate Paul Guequierre, outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2015, after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US.

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A woman sings outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC on June 26, 2015 after its historic decision on gay marriage.

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James 'Jim' Obergefell, named plaintiff in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, bottom center, speaks to the media after the same-sex marriage ruling outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

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Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., celebrates the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling to legalize gay marriage throughout the United States.

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People run under a giant equality flag as they celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

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Lisa Newman, left, and Merrie Fox, married in California, kiss after the same-sex ruling outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

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Demonstrators in support of same-sex marriage embrace after the same-sex marriage ruling outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

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