"Marriages in California are expected to begin again soon. While a joyous milestone, these victories nonetheless throw into sharp relief the uneven progress for LGBT people around the country -- a landscape where states like California are rapidly advancing toward equality, but progress in many other places remains stagnant."
[Updated at 11:05 a.m. ET]
A little more detail on exactly what the Proposition 8 decision by the Supreme Court means: By dismissing the case, the decision will allow for the lower court decision in California that allows for same-sex marriage to be reinstated. The appeals court stay on the decision will be lifted.
[Updated at 10:59 a.m. ET]
Here's what Hollywood is saying -- some reactions from celebrities, many of whom have campaigned for gay rights.
• Jesse Tyler Ferguson tweeted: Remember the old days when #DOMA was around and gay people couldn't get married in California? Crazy right!?
• Ricky Martin tweeted: #PROP8 IS GONE! #DOMA IS GONE! #SCOTUS #LoveIsLove.
• Adam Shankman tweeted: #DOMA IS DEAD!!! #SCOTUS has done the right thing, and now the love of my life and I can get our constitutionally guarunteed rights! Wahooo!
• And this is George Takei on Facebook:
"Today marks a watershed moment in history and a tremendous victory for the principle of equality. The 5-4 decision by our Supreme Court striking down DOMA affirms the universality of love -- the desire of all people not only to find, but to value and affirm, a lifelong commitment to another person.
"I have lived nearly four score years, and have borne witness to both the heartbreak and promise of true justice and equality in America. Today my heart soars, and my faith in the promise of our great nation is renewed.
"Now, if there's anything we gays know how to do well, it is to celebrate! Let the joy of this day ring out with PRIDE."
[Updated at 10:47 a.m. ET]
The key couples in the California case just held their arms aloft in celebration on the steps of the Supreme Court building. "This is a great day for America," said one of their lawyers, David Boies.
[Updated at 10:38 a.m. ET]
It sounds like we'll be looking into these rulings for a while -- Jeffrey Toobin just said the Proposition 8 case was "a puzzling decision."
[Updated at 10:35 a.m. ET]
Same-sex marriage can resume in California -- that's the result of the Supreme Court ruling just in that dismisses an appeal regarding California's Proposition 8.
From our colleague Bill Mears:
The Supreme Court has dismissed a closely watched appeal over same-sex marriage on jurisdictional grounds, ruling Wednesday that private parties do not have "standing" to defend California's voter-approved ballot measure barring gay and lesbian couples from state-sanctioned wedlock. The ruling permits same-sex couples in California to legally marry. The 5-4 decision avoids for now a sweeping conclusion on whether same-sex marriage is a constitutionally protected "equal protection" right that would apply to all states. The case is Hollingsworth v. Perry (12-144).
[Updated at 10:30 a.m. ET]
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told CNN the ruling was a "great win not just for the gay community, it's a great win for the American tradition of equal justice under the law."
[Updated at 10:29 a.m. ET]
House Speaker John Boehner was just asked about the DOMA case, but he declined to comment until he's read the ruling.
[Updated at 10:26 a.m. ET]