The Supreme Court of the United States of America has stated that the status of same sex marriages in California are to resume. The Court did not come out and necessarily say it is law of the land but it does give the gay community hope. It opens the doors to some three dozen states who say it is against their laws for the gay community to be married and gives the community a fight in open court with these states to turn them around.
The Court acknowledges that though it is not a traditional form of marriage it gives people the opportunity to live together in a different arrangement. Many of these people have been living together for many years but because states don't accept these unions they say that the significant other isn't eligible to receive benefits as other spouses would. I see many a court case coming up in the near future. This is something that is not over.