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Utah Celebrates Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Ruling

by dav.d

Proponents of gay marriage gathered in the same park, City Creek Park, where a protest rally gathered 7 years ago after Prop 8 passed in California. Back then, in November, thousands gathered to express their anger. This time, the group was smaller and in the hundreds but the protesting has turned to a celebration rally.

Marriage Equality proponents speak at City Creek Park

Marriage Equality proponents speak at City Creek Park

I’ve been attending protest rallies for a number of years now and I have been carrying my camera to almost all of them—all the rallies I could actually attend. It was fun to stand with my brothers and sisters of the LGBT community. Now they can have the same rights and benefits as straight couples. Inheritance, health insurance, legal rights, adoption, and more. There were 1100 rights that came with marriage.

Representative of Utah's ACLU speaks on marriage equality

Representative of Utah’s ACLU speaks on marriage equality

Here are a few of my favorite photographs. I am sure I won’t give up being a photojournalist and activist. There is always something to protest. The internet is outraged daily but this is one that can now be put to bed and we can move on.

Friends show support for gay marriage nationwide and in Utah

Friends show support for gay marriage nationwide and in Utah

Hula hoop dancer adds to the festivity

Hula hoop dancer adds to the festivity

Hundreds gather at City Creek for the Rally

Hundreds gather at City Creek for the Rally

Hula hoop performer at City Creek Park

Hula hoop performer at City Creek Park

Jim Dabakis speaks to the crowd

Jim Dabakis speaks to the crowd

Kent Frogley of the Utah Pride Center speaks

Kent Frogley of the Utah Pride Center speaks

Many LGBT groups attend

Many LGBT groups attend

Mark Lawrence of Restore Our Humanity speaks

Mark Lawrence of Restore Our Humanity speaks

Troy Williams of Equality Utah speaks

Troy Williams of Equality Utah speaks

A sunny day to celebrate equality

A sunny day to celebrate equality

The plaintiffs in the Kitchen v Herbert case speak

The plaintiffs in the Kitchen v Herbert case speak

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