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)

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