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    William Graves, 48, of Tahoe Park, joins a rally at the Sacramento State Capitol Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in support of gay marriage. People across the Sacramento region reacted today to two hot-button issues handed down today by the Supreme Court. In separate rulings, the high court declared the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional and cleared the way for same-sex marriages in California in the legal fight over Prop. 8. See videos and photo gallery.

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    Plaintiffs in the challenge to California's Proposition 8,Jeff Zarrillo and his partner Paul Katami, walk down the steps outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. While the court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, it chose not to rule on an appeal on Proposition 8 effectively undercutting the law. (Pete Marovich/MCT)

What people are saying about the Supreme Court's rulings today

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2013 - 10:22 am
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 30, 2013 - 3:30 pm

People across the Sacramento region reacted today to two hot-button issues handed down today by the Supreme Court.

In separate rulings, the high court declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and cleared the way for same-sex marriages in California in the legal fight over Prop. 8.

Comments from the region:

"I guess I got more than I was expecting because of the makeup of the court. The conservative cabal has been winning recently."

Dave Philipp, 53, Realtor.

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"The Supreme Court has done vast damage to man-woman marriage, the foundation of the natural family...Because the high court didn't care about protecting natural marriage or even the initiative process, they have allowed unnatural, homosexual 'marriages' to resume in California as role models for children. Today, marriage, children, and the rule of law all suffer."

Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com

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"Joy tempered with disappointment...What it means is we have to go state by state to get the right to marry. It would have been great if the Supreme Court said 'It's discriminatory, you can't keep the people from marrying who they love.' "

George Raya, 64, a gay rights activist since 1969

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"I don't think anyone really thought that the Supreme Court was going to decide today that all states have to open the institution of marriage to gays and lesbians... The options were going to be really deciding on the merits on the California-centric opinion ... on a narrower ground, like lack of standing. Some disappointment...but at the end of the day, I think that there's generally great relief that access to marriage was preserved for Californians."

Lawrence Levine, 59, professor at McGeorge School of Law

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"Our marriage has been validated, more or less. I don't think the Supreme Court's opinion is going to have a direct impact on our lives. We had been filing federal tax returns quasi-jointly. This year we won't have to fight it, sort of."

Robert Boucher, 46, attorney in same-sex marriage since 2008

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"They should get the same benefits as anyone else. They're basically peaceful, law-abiding citizens who contribute their talents to our economy."

Ray Kinney, 58, Elk Grove

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"Most of my friends are like that. They should be able to live just like us. They're human, too."

Virginia Garcia, 49, Sacramento

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"I believe in this concept: live and let live."

Harold Medina, 60, Sacramento

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"I think it's about time... (she has) "tons of gay friends."

Tiffany Stark, 45, Ventura

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"I'm from a Catholic upbringing, buttimes change. I guess we should change."

Nicole (declined to give last name), 36, San Francisco

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"The court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so."

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a prepared statement.

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"As soon as we get that go-live date, we are ready to go. We're going to marry anyone who wants to get married that day. We'll open up at 8 and stay there until the very last person who wants to get married. We are ready for it and we are very excited."

San Francisco City Administrator Naomi Kelly

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"Everyone understands that our opponents did not file this lawsuit to prove or demonstrate we did not have standing. What was sought in this lawsuit was a 50-state mandate or to establish there is a fundamental right to same-sex marriage, which the Supreme Court did not rule today."

Austin Nimocks, senior counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom

• • • "We had to build those critical masses of states and of public opinion: That is the history of how social rights and justice movements win. This is how America does its civil rights business. It's not a secret strategy."

Evan Wolfson, executive director, Freedom to Marry

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"Our marriage has been validated, more or less. I don't think the Supreme Court's opinion is going to have a direct impact on our lives. We had been filing federal tax returns quasi-jointly. This year we won't have to fight it, sort of."

Robert Boucher, Sacramento attorney, in same-sex marriage since 2008

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"I think this says it all. Man plus woman equals marriage. I think we will continue this discussion across the country for a long time. Thirty-eight states still haven't made it legal."

Larry Cirignano of Washington, D.C., holding sign outside U.S. Supreme Court in favor of defining marriage as being between a man and a woman

– Bee staff and wire services

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