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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 06/05/2012

Similarities surface in same-sex marriage and interracial marriage

Last week, in a decision that's sure to be appealed to the Supreme Court, a federal court struck downas unconstitutional the Defense of Marriage Act, ruling that it unfairly denies equal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. It's not the landmark case that Loving v. Virginia was for interracial marriage -- there, the Supreme Court struck down state laws prohibiting race mixing, once and for all -- but the legal victory does feel familiar.


Same sex marriage advocate Niko Salas, center, waves a rainbow flag during a protest in Los Angeles, Tuesday, May 26, 2009. (Jae C. Hong - AP)
Legally and socially, there's plenty that distinguishes the place of same-sex marriage in American history from that of interracial marriage. But in certain political and cultural snapshots, it feels as if the same battle is being fought all over again. To kick off our Pride Month coverage, we took a look at some of them.

To view the photo essay, read at The Root.

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