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      Hundreds march in Columbia celebrating gay marriage

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Hundreds of people hit the streets of downtown to celebrate a Supreme Court decision that gives married couples the same benefits, whether gay or straight.

      The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision in the Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday that would have prohibited gay married couples from receiving federal tax, health and retirement benefits.

      South Carolina Equality, Harriet Hancock LGBT Center, and other gay rights organizations marched down Gervais and Main Streets to Columbia City Hall to celebrate the decision.

      "[We're marching] past the State House which does not recognize our relationships," said Ryan Wilson, executive director of SC Equality. "[And down Main Street to] retrace the very first pride march. Back in 1990 they marched down Main Street and called for equality in South Carolina."

      The rally marched to Columbia City Hall before turning around and heading back.

      "[City Hall] is one of the only legislative bodies in our state which actually does recognize the importance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Columbia," said Wilson.