Historic day in civil rights fight

Published 06/26 2013 05:35PM

Updated 06/26 2013 05:37PM

SPRINGFIELD -- It's an historic day in the fight for same-sex rights. The U.S. Supreme court struck down part of a federal ban on same-sex marriage. It's a day many have been waiting for.

People arrived at 4:30 am for Wednesday's rally which continues until 6:30 pm. The Supreme Court ruling stated the federal government must recognize same-sex marriage if the state allows it. It's part of the Defense of Marriage Act which has been law since President Clinton signed it in 1996.

Illinois bans same-sex marriage, but a lot of couples in this crowd are married. They just did it in other states like Iowa. The ruling means those couples will be eligible for federal benefits.

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