• Bottom Line

    History was made this week when the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act- a federal law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman- and also cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California. Many of you had questions about the details of the rulings, and what they mean for same-sex couples across the country.

    Heather Cutts asked: "My question is... In states that have a constitutional ban on gay marriage such as Florida, how will my rights be affected? I was legally married in Washington DC in 2011. While gay marriage may not be legally recognized in my state, will it federally be recognized?"

    Russ Blaze tweeted: "Partner and I together for 30 years, live in Utah and not married. Can we get any of the Federal allowed pgms?"

    Pauline Parrish wanted to know: "Does DOMA provide for the IRS to recognize same-sex marriage for tax filing purposes?"

    And Chris Foshee wrote in on Facebook: "I think that a potentially good question was

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  • Power Players

    When she found out that the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, the first thing plaintiff Edith “Edie” Windsor did was cry.

    “Cried, first thing,” Windsor told ABC News' Diane Sawyer about her first reaction. “And the room was full of people both screaming and crying at the same time. Almost everyone cried somewhat, which is amazing.”

    Windsor sued the federal government after she had to pay $363,000 in federal estate taxes following the death of her wife, Thea Spyer, in 2009, because the federal government didn’t recognize their same-sex marriage.

    She says it feels “wonderful” to have won her case before the nation’s highest court, but she had doubts about what the outcome would be.

    “I had a doubt,” Windsor said. “I didn't think we would lose completely but I thought it might be a partial something. So, I was thrilled, completely thrilled.”

    Asked what she would say to those Americans who believe that marriage rights should not be extended to same-sex

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  • Undocumented: The faces behind the immigration debate

    Power Players

    In many ways, Jose Antonio Vargas is an American success story. He’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and documentary filmmaker.

    There’s only one problem: he didn’t immigrate to the United States legally.

    When Vargas was 12 years old, his mother sent him from the Philippines to live with his grandparents, who are naturalized U.S. citizens, in the United States. It wasn’t until he applied for a driver’s permit four years later that he learned he was living in the country undocumented.

    “I went to the DMV to get a driver's permit, like any 16 year old, and that's when they found out that the green card that my grandfather gave me was actually fake,” Vargas tells ABC Senior National Correspondent Jim Avila. “And then I went home, confronted my grandfather, and that's when he said to me, you know, ‘what are you doing showing that to people?’”

    While Vargas was initially shocked at learning he was not in the United States legally, he has since learned that his

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