Thousands of representatives and supporters of the LGBT community gathered on the State Capitol steps Wednesday evening to celebrate the Supreme Court decisions that overturned Prop 8 and one section of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Prop 8, passed by California voters in 2008, banned same-sex marriage in the state. The portion of the 17-year-old Defense of Marriage act that was deemed unconstitutional Wednesday denied federal benefits and recognition to married same-sex couples. Several legislators spoke, as well as representatives of the LGBT community – like LGBTQ Youth Task Force President, 19-year-old Spencer Douglas. Douglas said he was a high-school freshman when Prop 8 passed in 2008, and participated in his first political march to the Capitol in response of the proposition passing.
One legislator said it was a great and unique occurrence to see thousands of people gathered on the Capitol steps smiling. Many people pointed out that while it was a day to celebrate, there are many states where same-sex marriage is still illegal. The fight and the effort, they said, is ongoing. The crowd marched from the Capitol to K Street, with many drivers honking and waving in support.