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1. Gay-marriage plaintiff celebrates at Pride parade Sharon Coolidge, The Cincinnati Enquirer 7:45 p.m. EDT June 27, 2015 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last…
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  • 1. Gay-marriage plaintiff celebrates at Pride parade Sharon Coolidge, The Cincinnati Enquirer 7:45 p.m. EDT June 27, 2015 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext SlideJim Obergefell and Nicole Yorksmith hug at Cincinnati's Pride Parade Saturday morning.(Photo: The Enquirer/Amanda Rossmann) CINCINNATI -- The black convertible held the man of the hour, or maybe the decade. Jim Obergefell, the man who forced the Supreme Court to make the country live up to its creed of equality for all, waved and, despite his pleas that he had no more tears, cried. Every year the Cincinnati Pride parade has grown bigger and drawn more people. But no year was like this year. The day after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states, Saturday's parade drew thousands of people downtown looking to celebrate.
  • 2. Jeff and Rob Green of Covington, KY celebrate their relationship of 32 years and marriage of 2 years during the Cincinnati Pride Parade Saturday morning. Sat. June 27, 2015. (Photo: The Enquirer/Madison Schmidt) "Love wins" was written on dozens of signs, the gratitude toward Obergefell on everyone's minds. The self-effacing Cincinnati realtor was greeted like a conquering hero, with cheers and tears and smiles and thanks. Walking along side his car were Pam and Nicole Yorksmith, who live in Northern Kentucky and were among eight plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case. "It's amazing to be here with my Cincinnati family," Nicole Yorksmith said. They walked with their two children, Orion, 1, who wore a T-shirt with the words "SCOTUS baby" on it, and his brother, Grayden, 4, in colorful knee socks with the word "peace" on them. The parade was a visual reminder of how far the city has come. In 1993 voters passed Article XII, which prohibited any effort to grant protected status based on sexual orientation. Voters repealed the article in 2004. But it was only in recent years city officials worked to include and embrace the LGBT community. The parade itself used to be seen as a neighborhood celebration. In 2010, as it grew, it moved downtown. There it could show off the city's progress and draw people from the region.
  • 3. Last year the city scored a 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index, making Cincinnati one of the most lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender- friendly cities in the country. "Seeing this is incredible," said City Councilman Chris Seelbach, the city's first openly gay councilman, the one who has led many initiatives that have made Cincinnati so inclusive. "It truly is a celebration of all we've accomplished. I am proud of our city." Along the parade route people waved rainbow flags, were draped in colorful beads and cheered. There were families, large groups of friends and couples. For the first time the transgender community marched in the parade. Historically they had information tables at the Pride festival. It never seemed safe to actually participate in the parade, said Lindsey Deaton, an advocate for the community. "Post Leelah we can emerge from the shadows and tell our truth," Deaton said. "I'm confident Leelah would have been thrilled." Jim Obergefell welcomed back to Cincinnati during Saturday's Cincinnati Pride Parade. (Photo: The Enquirer/Amanda Rossmann) Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen from Kings Mills, committed suicide last December. The note she left behind galvanized the world, helping pave the way for transgender acceptance. Some in the parade wore bright pink T-shirts saying "Fix Society - Leelah Alcorn", Leelah's final words. It was a sea of flags: Rainbow ones, one depicting equal signs and the American flag. The Human Rights Campaign flag was so large, it took dozens of people to carry it. The handful of protesters were peaceful, but ignored. "Today is about all people being equal," said Ari Shifman, 23, of Amberley Village, who came to celebrate with friends. And it was also about being a part of history.
  • 4. Gary Goodman, a marriage equality advocate who now intends to marry because of the ruling, summed it up like this: "We're ecstatic, not just for us, but for everyone. What happened here is history. We made history." SUPREME COURT RULES IN SUPPORT OF GAY MARRIAGEObama: Marriage equality strengthens communities | 01:13President Barack Obama speaks about the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. Bloomberg 1 of 10 SUPREME COURT RULES IN SUPPORT OF GAY MARRIAGEReporter inside the Courtroom for #SCOTUSmarriage ruling | 04:23USA TODAY's US Supreme Court reporter Richard Wolf details the Justices' emotions and opinions during today's historic ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. Collin Brennan, Richard Wolf, USA TODAY 2 of 10 SUPREME COURT RULES IN SUPPORT OF GAY MARRIAGESupreme Court: Gay marriage legal in all 50 states | 00:29The U.S. Supreme Court struck down bans on same-sex marriage in a historic 5- 4 ruling. The justices ruled that states cannot deny gay men and lesbians the same marriage rights enjoyed for thousands of years by opposite-sex couples. VPC 3 of 10 SUPREME COURT RULES IN SUPPORT OF GAY MARRIAGESame-sex couples celebrate SCOTUS ruling | 00:45Watch as people rejoice in the moments following the Supreme Court's ruling on same- sex marriage. VPC 4 of 10 SUPREME COURT RULES IN SUPPORT OF GAY MARRIAGESupreme Court ruling on gay marriage to impact businesses, individuals | 03:42There are financial implications for individuals and businesses following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that legalizes same-sex marriage nationwide. Janice Cowhey, a partner at Marcum, said the ruling will impact the economy. Newslook
  • 5. 5 of 10 SUPREME COURT RULES IN SUPPORT OF GAY MARRIAGEBeachgoers react to court ruling on gay marriage | 01:13Even in blue state California, folks had a polarized view of the Supreme Court ruling. Jefferson Graham reports from Manhattan Beach. Jefferson Graham 6 of 10 SUPREME COURT RULES IN SUPPORT OF GAY MARRIAGEHamm, Janney praise gay marriage ruling | 01:19Allison Janney and Jon Hamm were among the many celebrities praising Friday's landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. The actors spoke about the ruling while promoting their roles in the animated spinoff "Minions." (June 26) AP 7 of 10 SUPREME COURT RULES IN SUPPORT OF GAY MARRIAGEThe financial side of the marriage equality ruling | 02:19The Supreme Court's ruling on whether same-sex marriages should be recognized will have wide-ranging economic impacts for same-sex couples. Time 8 of 10 SUPREME COURT RULES IN SUPPORT OF GAY MARRIAGEPunchlines: The 'jiggery-pokery' high court ruling on Obamacare | 05:02The late-night comics explore SCOTUS ruling and words that have no meaning. Take a look at our favorite jokes on the Supreme Court ruling to uphold Obamacare, then vote for yours at opinion.usatoday.com. Eileen Rivers 9 of 10 SUPREME COURT RULES IN SUPPORT OF GAY MARRIAGEPenn Jillette on same-sex marriage decision | 01:00Penn Jillette, of the magician duo Penn Teller, reacts favorably to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation. He made the comment while promoting their upcoming stint on Broadway. (June 26) AP 10 of 10 Last VideoNext Video Obama: Marriage equality strengthens communities
  • 6. Reporter inside the Courtroom for #SCOTUSmarriage ruling Supreme Court: Gay marriage legal in all 50 states Same-sex couples celebrate SCOTUS ruling Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage to impact businesses, individuals Beachgoers react to court ruling on gay marriage Hamm, Janney praise gay marriage ruling The financial side of the marriage equality ruling
  • 7. Punchlines: The 'jiggery-pokery' high court ruling on Obamacare Penn Jillette on same-sex marriage decision Read or Share this story: http://usat.ly/1NoepNn http://rssfeeds.usatoday.com/~/98142714/0/usatoday-newstopstories~Gaymarriage-plaintiff-celebrat es-at-Pride-parade/
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