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LGBTQ advocates celebrate SCOTUS ruling in Dallas

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Same-sex marriage advocates celebrated the United States Supreme Court ruling to strike down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.

About 300 overjoyed people gathered on the corner of Oak Lawn Avenue in Dallas. Many of them believe this is a huge step toward marriage equality.

"For the first time, our nation, a major arm of our nation's government, is saying we're people," Daniel Cates, Get Equal Texas, said.

One couple knows the difficulty of being denied marriage rights all too well.

Dee Main and her wife Billie have been married seven years and survived 13 kinds of cancer.

"In order for me to make her medical decisions, in order for me to save her life, I have to have a piece of paper that says I'm her durable and her medical power of attorney," Main said. "I have to have that piece of paper, to stand in the room with her, and say this is my wife."

In today's Supreme Court ruling, the Justices extended federal benefits like welfare, social security and decisions on healthcare and death.

It's bittersweet for many here because Texas doesn't recognize those unions.

That means no Texas-based couples, regardless if they got married in one of those 13 states or Canada, are eligible for state benefits.

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