SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Few in the crowd on Wednesday have fought longer for gay rights than Ellen Pontac and Shelly Bailes.

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“We’ve been together 39 years, and we’ve been working on this for about 30 years, so it’s been a long ride,” Bailes said.

On the west steps of the Capitol, they joined hundreds celebrating two landmark Supreme Court rulings — one effectively paving the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California by questioning the jurisdictional standing of a challenge to overturning Proposition 8, and the other striking down a provision in the Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal tax and health benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

Supporters marched to Sacramento’s lavender district, dancing in the streets.

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Pablo Sarmiento and Manny say they’re finally planning a wedding.

“For me, to be able to look at a future where we can take care of each other so much farther, it’s amazing,” Pablo said.

But amid the celebration, a group of same-sex marriage opponents made their voices heard — a reminder of how divisive the issue is.

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Opponents are promising this isn’t over, but most legal experts believe gay couples in California will be able to tie the knot in a matter of weeks.