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26/06/2018 23:13 SAST | Updated 26/06/2018 23:13 SAST

29 Emotional Photos From The Day Same-Sex Marriage Became Legal In U.S.

It's been three years. Love.❤️

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On this day in 2015, the Supreme Court in the U.S. ruled that the country's constitution required all states to recognise same-sex marriages.

The landmark 5-4 decision spurred jubilation and heartfelt reactions across the country. From exuberant rejoicing in front of the Supreme Court building to the White House lit in rainbow colours, happy couples proudly showing their marriage licences in Texas and festivities in California, memorable scenes unfolded.

Here are some of the jubilant images from that day.

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    Todd Stevens, 36, of Long Beach, California, lent his shoulder to husband Yael Deynes, 39, who broke down crying during a celebration at the city's Civic Plaza. Although California had already legalized same-sex marriage, Deynes said the court decision "just hit me. After so many years of struggle I feel validated. I feel complete.''
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    The multicolored flag of the gay rights movement was waved triumphantly outside the Supreme Court building in Washington after the ruling.
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    Robert Oliver (left) and Mark Heller held hands, their bodies draped in flags, as they celebrated in West Hollywood, California.
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    This couple was part of the joyous gathering outside the Supreme Court building.
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    Mark Uhen, in glasses, hugged Bill Cutter as Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) stood with them outside the Supreme Court building. Elected in 2012, Takano became the first gay of Asian descent to serve in Congress.
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    Jeff Sralla (left) with his partner, Gerard Gafford, shared a moment at the Travis County Clerk's office in Texas where they applied for a marriage license.
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    Chelsea Henderson (left) and Amanda Wallace, took a selfie as they waited to obtain their marriage license at the Travis County Clerk's office.
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    Janelle Boone (left) exalted after she and partner Christine Wylie got their marriage license at the Travis County Clerk's office.
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    With the White House bathed in gay pride colors, two couples embraced in front of it.
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    The Supreme Court building loomed in the background as the celebration went on outside it.
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    Christie Jones, Teresa Moreno and Michelle Gregory (left to right) posed for selfies in front of a banner in Chicago proclaiming the effect of the court's decision.
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    A celebrant in San Francisco combined gay pride colors with the California state flag.
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    Joy was etched on the faces of those applauding the marriage ruling outside the Supreme Court building.
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    Married couple Steve Ledoux (left) and Mark Beckfold brought their foster son along to join others lauding the court decision in West Hollywood.
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    Justin Kattler ecstatically hoisted his partner, Tim Loecker, outside the famed Stonewall Tavern in New York. The two were visiting from Dallas.
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    Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia (with his back to the camera) was helped by Mark Magdaleno as they raised a rainbow Pride Flag over Civic Plaza. Garcia was the first openly gay person elected to the post.
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    Patty Duffy (left) and wife Lusinda Duffy kissed in Orlando, Florida. Like California, Florida was among several states that had legalized same-sex marriage before the ruling that extended the right nationwide.
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    The cheering went on and on outside the Supreme Court building.
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    A rainbow flag draped the entrance to City Hall in San Francisco.
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    Two men shared their happiness outside the Supreme Court building.
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    Natalie Novoa (left) Eddie Daniels took a selfie while waiting to get married at a county office in Beverly Hills, California.
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    Sandy Bailey (left) and wife Liz Nania hold one another on the steps of the Massachusetts State House in Boston. Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriages.
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    Community leaders and others citizens gathered to celebrate marriage equality in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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    Stephanie Santorico (left) and Diane Santorico got married during a rally celebrating the ruling outside the Colorado state Capitol in Denver.
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    "Love conquers hate" was a frequent chant outside the Supreme Court building after the ruling on same-sex marriage.
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    The crowd outside the court building numbered in the hundreds.
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    Broad smiles were in abundance outside the court building.
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    Mike Gomez (right) and Michael Carter pose for a photo after receiving their marriage license at the Travis County Clerk's office.
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    Rodrigo Zamora (left) and Ashby Hardesty jump for joy after their wedding in New York that coincided with the court decision.
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