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WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, in a ruling President Barack Obama described as “a victory for America.”

As CBS2’s Jessica Schneider reported, the decision sparked a celebration outside the Supreme Court, and a spontaneous rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.

The historic court ruling brought hundreds to the court steps, and President Obama even called lead plaintiff James Obergefell to congratulate him.

“This decision affirms what millions of Americans believed,” Obama said. “When all Americans are treated more equal, we are all more free.”

Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

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