High court strikes down federal marriage act, clears way for California same-sex marriages

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 9:11 a.m. CDT; updated 8:44 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 26, 2013

WASHINGTON — In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.