West Hollywood Celebrates Marriage Equality Ruling With Massive Rally

WEST HOLLYWOOD (CNS/FOX 11) - Tens of thousands of people gathered in West Hollywood Friday night to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

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"Since I was a young lawyer, I have carried a copy of the United States Constitution in my briefcase,'' Lorri Jean, CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, told the crowd at West Hollywood Park as she held the booklet-sized Constitution in her right hand .

"Today, it finally includes us all.''

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath, Lambda Legal Director of Legal Affairs Jon Davidson, Latino Equality Alliance Co-Founder and Advisory Board chair Ari Gutierrez Arambula and Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur were also expected to speak at the celebration.

Other rallies were planned for Long Beach, Lancaster and Palmdale.


"This is truly an historic day for the LGBT community and indeed the country at large,'' said Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

"We welcome and join in celebrations nationwide, and applaud the Court and Justice (Anthony) Kennedy, in particular, for this ruling. One almost feels guilty bringing up the subject of sexual responsibility at a time when the gay community is celebrating the legal right to marry across the nation.

"But ironically, gay marriage -- and the values any sanctioned marriage encourages -- may be one of the single most successful ways to promote safer sex. One of the unintended consequences of the court's ruling today could be a reduction in new HIV and STD infections among gay men.''

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