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LGBT Community, Supporters Celebrate Supreme Court Decisions

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.

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One thought on “LGBT Community, Supporters Celebrate Supreme Court Decisions

  1. Beautiful photos- full of love and joy. How could anyone not be supportive of this kind of energy? Just remember, this was one (albeit big) step. There’s still a lot to be done. But is sure is nice to celebrate, isn’t it? 🙂

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