WASHINGTON— On June 26, 2015, hundreds of gay rights supporters erupted in jubilation outside the Supreme Court when they learned of a 5-4 decision affirming the right to civil marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.
“Such a great day for me and my wife,” said a teary-eyed Lena Hernandez. “We are no longer second-class citizens.”
“I’m straight, so this doesn’t affect me technically,” said Alec. “But I’m so happy for everybody here.”
'Victory for America'
At the White House, President Barack Obama said, "This ruling is a victory for America.This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts: When all Americans are treated as equal we are all more free."
Having won a victory few imagined possible just a decade ago, activists are refocusing on issues surrounding employment, housing, and public accommodation.