Los Angeles clergy and city officials, same-sex couples and heterosexual supporters of gay marriage rejoiced in the Supreme Court’s decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, on June 26, during a rally in West Hollywood Park.
“Marriage, that peculiar and particular joining of human hearts and souls is high on the list of what serves some human needs,” Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC) Rabbi Lisa Edwards said, addressing the large crowd that assembled in the park on Friday evening, the same day of the court’s ruling, waving American flags and Pride flags and carrying signs that read, “Love Wins.” “It is why it has become a cause worldwide and it is why we are here tonight in such variety of human experience, to celebrate this hard-won victory of the human heart.”
The evening’s attendees were in good company: similar events took place all over the country, according to uniteformarriage.org.
The crowd numbered approximately 1,000, this reporter estimated. Others who participated in the program included BCC Rabbi Heather Miller; L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz; City Controller Ron Galperin and others.