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Sunday January 29th

Storify: Chapel Hill weighs in on gay marriage decisions

It’s safe to say that gay rights supporters — and their #MarriageEquality and #LoveisLove hashtags — staged a sweeping takeover of the Twittersphere Wednesday, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s highly anticipated rulings on same-sex marriage.

Justices struck down a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a ruling that will allow legally married gay couples to receive some federal government benefits. They declined to rule on Proposition 8, upholding the decision of the lower court to overturn California’s same-sex marriage ban.

The rulings marked small but significant victories for gay rights advocates nationwide and in North Carolina.

N.C. Amendment One, the state’s ban on gay marriage, will not be affected by either of the court’s decisions. But plenty of UNC students and Chapel Hill residents made their voices heard on the issue through tweets before and after the announcements came.

[View the story “UNC students, local residents on gay marriage decisions” on Storify]

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