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Thanks to the Supreme Court's decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry, California's Proposition 8 ballot initiative that barred same-sex marriage in the state is no more. But the measure's supporters are once again up in arms after the Golden State resumed allowing gay couples to wed Friday. (UPDATED)

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How proponents of marriage equality and progressives generally proceed from this point depends on understanding exactly what Wednesday’s decisions on DOMA and Proposition 8 said and didn’t say. To do that, we must look beyond the headlines. Given the narrow reach of the court’s rulings in the DOMA and Proposition 8 cases, here are three takeaways for marriage equality proponents.

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After spending an estimated $20 million and employing 77 people full time to ban gay marriage in California with Proposition 8 in 2008, the church's political surrender on the issue has enabled a cultural shift that is spreading rapidly across the United States.

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