Reaction to the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act was greeted with jubilation in Sacramento and San Francisco by gay men, lesbians and their supporters.
At the midtown Sacramento Lambda Center, where people were anxiously awaiting the decision, there were hugs and kisses when the 5-4 decision was announced online. Two women wearing bridal veils embraced.
Prior to the decision announcement at 7:01 a.m., somebody said "this is the longest minute ever."
Andy Wasserman said he was "ecstatic" after the DOMA decision was handed down.
DOMA denied federal benefits to same-sex spouses, whose marriages are authorized in 12 states and the District of Columbia.
As of 7:15 a.m., the court had not announced at decision on Prop. 8, the 2008 voter initiative that abolished same-sex couples' right to marriage, which earlier that year the California Supreme Court had recognized.
In San Francisco City Hall there was deafening applause and cheering when the announcement striking down DOMA was made. The crowd of 500 were anxiously watching CNN for the announcement.