American University students Sharon Burk, left, and Molly Wagner, embrace outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, after the court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California's gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

2 victories for same-sex marriage

The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way …