Gay marriage opponents see hope in court rulings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Opponents of gay marriage in Minnesota are claiming a qualified victory in two long-awaited Supreme Court rulings.

The group Minnesota for Marriage fought unsuccessfully against this spring’s movement to make gay marriage legal in Minnesota. On Wednesday, the group said the court’s rulings demonstrate that there is no constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

The high court struck down part of federal law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples. It also cleared the way for California to resume same-sex marriages.

Minnesota for Marriage chairman John Helmberger called both rulings bad but says they didn’t find any constitutional right to redefine marriage. Helmberger says it’s important for gay marriage opponents to work “harder than ever” on their cause.

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