WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- It was a big day for Supreme Court decisions as the high court bids a death to DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, and paves the way for same sex marriage to resume in California. The Washington National Cathedral, a historic place known for supporting same sex marriage, celebrated the news.
The Court ruled DOMA unconstitutional and said same-sex married couples should have the same federally recognized rights as straight married couples.
The Cathedral was loud in it's support.
Music, bells and prayer rang out at the northwest Washington landmark. The Washington Ringing Society completed a quarter peal of the bells at noon, and a second quarter peal at 6 p.m.
The Very Reverend Gary Hall, dean of the Cathedral said, "We've rung our bells at the cathedral today to celebrate this extension of federal marriage equality to all the same sex couples who are modeling in God's love in lifelong commitments."
The Cathedral hosted a special prayer service for the LGBT community and it's supporters at 7 p.m.
Barry Huber and Butch Bradburn of Arlington, Virginia attended. Barry said it was an important thing to do, "It was very reaffirming, and it was a nice end to the day."
The new benefits are wide-ranging.
Linda Kaufman isn't just a Reverend of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. She is married to a woman and a mom of two kids. She said, "I've been working since I was 15 years old, paying into the SS, and until today, every time I opened my statement, i was confronted by the fact that Leann, my wife partner would get nothing."
But, even with today's landmark decision, many say it is not enough, including couple Huber and Bradburn. They live in Virginia, one of 37 states that do not recognize same-sex marriage at all.
Kaufman has this to say to those who don't agree, "Whatever you think about being gay, the SCOTUS, has now honored my right to love and provide for my family and as a matter of love, I'm asking you to honor it too."
Kaufman was one of many faith leaders who came to the Cathedral to speak out.
Rabbi Jessica Oleon of Temple Sinai said, "There cannot be redemption for all while marriages performed in one state are not respected in another. And there can not be redemption for all, while 37 states still treat gay and lesbian citizens and their children as unequal and second class."