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Supreme Court Rules on Marriage Equality

images*UPDATE* Supreme Court clears way for same-sex unions in California, but avoids ruling on gay marriage.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was 5-4.

Another vote regarding Prop 8 is expected later today from the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Oregon Supreme Court is also handing down a decision about whether same-sex marriage should be in the 2014 ballot.