San Francisco Celebrates Gay Marriage
Hundreds of gay marriage supporters gathered at city hall early this morning to wait -- and then celebrate -- the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.
Minutes after the top court announced that it was tossing out Prop. 8, the state's ban on gay marriage, saying its proponents didn't have the legal right to appeal to the federal court in the first place, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who acted as co-counsel against Prop. 8, spoke to throngs of people out front of city hall.
"It's a tremendous victory," he said. "We've been fighting this battle for nine years."
Herrera said that from his initial reading of the decision, counties throughout California will soon be bound by the original ruling of Judge Vaugh Walker in 2010 that said every couple -- regardless of the gender mix -- is allowed to marry.
And here's how supporters responded to that news outside San Francisco City Hall today (did you hear Kate Kendall of the National Center for Lesbian Rights drop the F-bomb on television?):
A man waving a rainbow flag supporting gay marriage and the LGBT community on the steps of City Hall in S.F.
Masses of people packed into S.F. City Hall this morning to watch live as the Supreme Court announced it's opinions regarding Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.
Hundreds of attendees came to S.F. City Hall in the form of individuals, couples, and families to hear the announcements.
Attendees at City Hall in SF today waited anxiously to hear the Supreme Court's decision regarding Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.