FILE--In this Nov. 18, 1998, file photo, Stacy Jolles, left, and Nina Beck, a lesbian couple who are challenging Vermont's marriage laws, watch arguments at the Vermont Supreme Court in Montpelier, ... more 
FILE--In this Nov. 18, 1998, file photo, Stacy Jolles, left, and Nina Beck, a lesbian couple who are challenging Vermont's marriage laws, watch arguments at the Vermont Supreme Court in Montpelier, Vt. President Barack Obama's declaration that he supports gay marriage may have lacked the urgency of Kennedy's push for the Civil Rights Act, or the force and finality of the Emancipation Proclamation, but in places key to the history of gay rights, it's being greeted as a major milestone. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Toby Talbot
Thu, May 10, 2012 6:30 PM EDT