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Marriage Equality Won: Time for Parades, Parties… and Politics, of Course

People take part in the annual Gay Pride Parade on June 27, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.

Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images

This weekend is Pride weekend in many cities around the country and across the world, and with yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling to celebrate, this year is one to remember. While major cities like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago don’t have their parades until tomorrow, the celebrations have already begun in other parts of the country. Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff in the historic case that brought marriage equality to the entire US, was a guest of honor at today’s parade in his hometown of Cincinnati:

LGBT Texans—who couldn’t get married two days ago but can today—and their allies turned out in droves at Houston’s Pride celebrations:

Across the pond, London and Dublin also held Pride parades on Saturday. Dublin’s event, the first since Irish voters amended their constitution to allow same-sex marriage in a referendum last month, was particularly poignant (and at least according to its organizers, the largest ever):

New York is gearing up for what’s sure to be one of its most memorable Pride parades tomorrow afternoon, but the festivities were already getting started by Friday afternoon. Mayor Bill de Blasio threw a “pop-up” party at City Hall, where he officiated the marriages of two lesbian couples in front of a crowd of several hundred revelers. The real place to be, though, was in Greenwich Village, near the landmark Stonewall Inn:

Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wasted no time incorporating the ruling into her campaign rhetoric, using it as a cudgel with which to bash the ever-expanding field of GOP candidates at a fundraiser in Virginia last night:

Clinton equated the gay marriage decision with the decision striking down bans on interracial marriage, saying that “love triumphed in the highest court.” She vowed to fight discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and accused Republicans of being “determined to lead us right back into the past.”
“Instead of trying to turn back the clock, they should be joining us in saying no, no to discrimination once and for all,” she said.
Read more of Slate’s coverage of same-sex marriage at the Supreme Court.