DOMA Struck Down, Gay Rights Advocates Rejoice

June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 26, 2013 at 7:01 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 26, 2013 at 7:01 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Wednesday, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA with a 5 to 4 vote. It will allow federal benefits to same sex couples. The court also dismissed California's same-sex marriage ban, proposition 8, which opens the door for same-sex couple to wed again.Outside the Supreme Court in Washington D.C., gay rights supporters savored the victory and here in Western New York advocates were overjoyed.

"This validates me. This validates my wife and all my friends. We're americans too," said OUTspoken for Equality President Kitty Lambert-Rudd.

Lambert-Rudd and her wife Cheryl were the first couple to wed in New York State when it became legal for same sex couples to marry 2 years ago. Wednesday's federal ruling brought back all those emotions for the civil rights she's been advocating for.

"How do you describe climbing a mountain and getting to the top and looking over that vista and saying wow...how do you describe that? It's just mind blowing," added Lambert Rudd.

Local advocates have planned a celebration party on Allen Street in Buffalo.