Update: Back in October, we featured a gallery of photos showing same-sex marriages performed by Denver mayor Michael Hancock. These images, on view below, capture joyful scenes that will now be repeated in all fifty states.
Moments ago, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld same-sex marriage by a narrow 5-4 margin. The vote legalizes same-sex marriage across the country and requires states to recognize marriages from other states.
The comments have already started rolling in from elected representatives and organizations. Here's one from Congressman Jared Polis, a Democrat....
“The road to LGBT equality in America has not been an easy one. From the Stonewall riots in 1969, to an epidemic that killed hundreds of thousands of gay men; from a Supervisor assassinated for refusing to blend in, to a Wyoming college student beaten to death for his sexual orientation, that road has been paved with far too many tragic days.
“Today is not one of those. Today is a day to celebrate, as we've overcome one of our most challenging obstacles yet.
“With today’s decision, the Court ruled in no uncertain terms that the bonds of love, commitment, and responsibility that all our families share exist without regard to gender and deserve the dignity of being recognized under the law.
“Despite this milestone, however, the battle for LGBT rights is not over. Marriage equality doesn’t mean that a gay employee can’t still be fired from his job when his boss finds out, or that a transgender individual can’t still be denied housing. So while we recognize the momentous victory that we achieved today, we can’t lose sight of our larger goal – a world in which being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender doesn’t subject a person to discrimination and prejudice.”
...and Congressman Mike Coffman, a Republican....
“The world is changing, and while I’ve supported traditional marriage, the court has ruled a ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. It is time we move forward and focus on the big debates of our day — how to keep our country safe and get Americans back to work."
...as well as One Colorado director Dave Montez:
“Today’s historic Supreme Court ruling means same-sex couples will soon have the freedom to marry and equal respect for their marriages across America. This is a momentous win for freedom, equality, inclusion, and above all, love. We can celebrate that ours is a country that keeps its promise of the pursuit of happiness, liberty, and justice for all.
“As happy as we are to see this day arrive, we also know that our work is not done. We know that even as we achieve this milestone, our opponents will continue their fight against equality for LGBT people in the form of religious exemption laws. So, though we celebrate this joyous, incredible victory today, we will also not forget that we have to keep working until all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can lead lives that are fulfilling, inclusive, and equal in every corner of our state.
“While the work toward equality for all Americans is far from over, the campaign for the freedom to marry has been transformative in helping Americans understand who LGBT people are. We hope state officials move swiftly to implement the Constitution’s command in the remaining 13 states with marriage discrimination. Same-sex couples and their families have waited long enough.”
The following photos speak volumes as well. Check them out in the context of our October 2014 post below.
Original post, 9:50 a.m. October 9, 2014: When the office of Denver Clerk Debra Johnson came up with the idea of a monthly event dubbed Free Wedding Wednesdays, the folks there had no idea the first one would correspond with same-sex marriage becoming legal in Colorado owing to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to punt on the issue, allowing lower-court rulings in favor of such nuptials to stand. To mark the occasion, Denver mayor Michael Hancock officiated two ceremonies, uniting Fran and Anna Simon (the first couple to receive a civil union in Colorado) and Steve Grauberger and Randall Burgess, whose marriage licence was denied under an injunction put in place over the summer. Our Brandon Marshall was on hand to capture the happy occasion. Continue to see a sampling of his shots and click to view the complete Denver Welcomes Same-Sex Marriage With Free Weddings slide show.
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Continue to see more photos of same-sex marriages officiated by Denver mayor Michael Hancock on Free Wedding Wednesday. Continue to see more photos of same-sex marriages officiated by Denver mayor Michael Hancock on Free Wedding Wednesday. Continue to see more photos of same-sex marriages officiated by Denver mayor Michael Hancock on Free Wedding Wednesday. Continue to see more photos of same-sex marriages officiated by Denver mayor Michael Hancock on Free Wedding Wednesday.
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