Right after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal law known as the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA for short, that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, jubilant reactions followed. Here are some photos that capture those first few moments of celebration, relief and just plain love.
Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty ImagesChris Roe and Roby Chavez celebrate while holding their soon-to-be adopted kids as the ruling is announced.
Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty ImagesStuart Gaffney and husband John Lewis celebrate in the midst of a huge celebration in San Francisco.
Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesMarried couple Michael Knaapen and John Becker celebrate in Washington.
MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty ImagesActivists cheer outside the Supreme Court building in Washington.
Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesDomestic partners Alicia Guajardo and Isabella Restrepo share a kiss as Martha Acevedo reacts in happy shock at a watch party in West Hollywood.
Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesCouple Jewelle Gomez and Diane Sabin don't restrain emotion after hearing the ruling.
Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesCouple Frances Winn and Carrie McLaughlin celebrate during a block party on Castro Street in San Francisco.
Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty ImagesRenata Moreira holds a sign and cheers inside San Francisco's City Hall.