Edie Windsor, Sandy Stier and her partner Kris Perry, Jeff Zarrillo and his partner Paul Katami. They had the courage to challenge unfairness, discrimination and second-class citizenship. And because of their willingness to fight, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is no more and marriage equality reigns once again in California. The Supreme Court decisions set off joyous celebrations across the country. How did folks celebrate from New York to Alabama, Salt Lake City to Alaska on June 26, 2013?
With the help of various wire services, let’s scroll!
1. New York City: The DOMA Plaintiff
Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in United States v. Windsor, celebrates at the LGBT Center in the West Village. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)
2. Washington, D.C.: The Prop 8 plaintiffs and their lawyer
Jeff Zarrillo and his partner Paul Katami, attorney David Boies (center), Sandy Stier and her partner Kris Perry (Jaime Henry-White/Associated Press)
Rev. Allison Day (Jaime Henry-White/Asociated Press)
4. Charlotte, N.C.
J.R. Joaquin of Charlotte, N.C., waves a rainbow flag (Jeff Siner/Associated Press/The Charlotte Observer)
Shawn McLoughlin gives a thumbs up to motorists who honk their horn for gay rights during a gay rights rally in Boystown. (Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press)
6. Kansas City
Randy Hite waves a rainbow flag. (Allison Long/Associated Press/The Kansas City Star)
7. Salt Lake City
Utah Sen. Jim Dabakis (D) of Salt Lake City proposed to his boyfriend Stephen Justesen. They have been together 25 years. (Chris Detrick/Associated Press/The Salt Lake Tribune)
8. San Francisco
Troy Brunet and friend in the Castro. (Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)
9. Anchorage, Alaska
United For Marriage Rally marchers celebrate the ruling. (Bill Roth/Associated Press/Anchorage Daily News)
Shawn Kelly, left center, with his son, Caspian Kelly, 12, left, celebrate at the old Federal Courthouse in Seattle with his partner, Chris McDaniel, center right, and his son, Max McDaniel, 12. (John Lok/Associated Press/The Seattle Times)
11. West Hollywood
Kim Granger (L), 40, and her fiancee Hilda Alfaro, 39, kiss their four-month-old baby Quinn at a rally. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)
12. Huntsville, Ala.
Shannon Frye and Rebecca Frye, of Huntsville, watch as nearly 100 people celebrate in Big Spring International Park. (Eric Schultz/Associated Press/AL.com)
Atlanta residents gather on the corner of Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street in Midtown. (Jaime Henry-White/Associated Press)
14. New York City
New York Sen. Brad Hoylman (D) is kissed by his husband David Sigal after speaking to a large crowd gathered to celebrate at the Stonewall Inn. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
15. New York City
(Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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