Word traveled quickly from Washington to Hollywood when the Supreme Courton Wednesday morning, with stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Neil Patrick Harris celebrating the victory for gay rights.
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was first enacted in 1996 and denied federal benefits to same-sex couples. The Supreme Court ruled that the act was unconstitutional.
In a separate ruling, the court also effectively permitted.
Gay and straight celebrities took to Twitter to voice their support for the court's decisions:
It's a supremely wonderful day for equality. Prop 8 is over, and so is DOMA. Congratulations everyone. And I mean everyone.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 26, 2013
DOMA-it-just-lost-O Mr. Roboto! So, so happy for Edie, et al.— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 26, 2013
If you're gay married in California your gay marriage is now legal. Good. #allmarriageisabitgay— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) June 26, 2013
Remember the old days when #DOMA was around and gay people couldn't get married in California? Crazy right!?— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) June 26, 2013
Who will be our Abe Lincoln today? Who will make the choice of FREEDOM FOR ALL. #SCOTUS— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 25, 2013
Down w DOMA! Something to be very proud of this upcoming July 4th. We are making beautiful progress for Equality! #proud— Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) June 26, 2013
What a momentous day. All Americans are equal, no matter who you love. #LoveIsLove— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) June 26, 2013
History made.— Michael Urie (@michaelurie) June 26, 2013
Today marks a watershed moment in history and a tremendous victory for the principle of equality. The 5-4 decision... http://t.co/Hlxeof1qGZ— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 26, 2013
A big day for equality and human rights. I'm smiling so big right now.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 26, 2013