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As he left Friday afternoon’s celebration of
the Supreme Court’s ruling granting same-
sex couples nationwide marriage rights, Fort
Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis
issued a word of caution.
“It’s not over,” said Trantalis, holding a
proclamation from Fort Lauderdale Mayor
Jack Seiler proclaiming Marriage Equality
Day in Fort Lauderdale. “We have come a
long way but it would be naïve to say our
journey is over.”
Gay rights activists gathered outside
the federal courthouse in downtown Fort
Lauderdale following a historic decision
by the highest court in the land. In a 5-4
decision, written by Justice Anthony
Kennedy, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled gays
have a right to marry in all 50 states.
“They ask for equal dignity...The
Constitution grants them that right,”
In response, gays and their allies
celebrated all through the weekend as same-
sex marriage bans in the last 13 states came
“This is history and who would have
thought it would have happened in our
lifetime,” said Lynn Glover, treasurer of
Women In Network, one of Florida’s oldest
lesbian organizations. From inside the
Rumors Bar in Wilton Manors, Glover said it
felt good to stand on the right side of history.
The scene at Rumors was one of joy Friday
as the usual happy hour crowd doubled in
“It’s a great day,” said Anthony Timiraos,
Chief Executive Officer of the LGBT
philanthropy organization, Our Fund.
However, like Trantalis, Timiraos
cautioned that the fight for equality is not
“Employment discrimination is now the
big issue,” Timiraos said. “It is important for
us to continue to win in the courts of law.”
Seda Aktas, an attorney, agreed.
“We will still struggle with discrimination
going forward,” said Aktas, who joined
her girlfriend Veronica Gonzalez at
Rumors in celebration of their newfound
marriage rights. The women have been in a
relationship for six years.
“She completes me and makes me a much
better person,” Aktas said.
News crews swarmed into Wilton Manors
on Friday for reaction from one of the largest
concentrations of LGBT people in Florida.
“Wilton Manors will appreciate this ruling
much more,” said City Commissioner Tom
Meanwhile, opponents of same-sex
marriage expressed contempt for the ruling.
John Stemberger, President of the Florida
Family Policy Council, issued a statement
calling the ruling “a raw act of judicial power
and arrogance which ignores the rule of law
and the votes of 51 million Americans.”
Stemberger, a longtime opponent of
gay rights, who created his own scouting
organization in response to the Boys Scouts
of America’s inclusion of gay scouts, further
stated the “U.S . Supreme Court has greatly
damaged its legitimacy as an institution. The
ruling is a frontal assault on democracy and
the rule of law.”
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Gay pride, How the World
Became a Rainbow
(CNN) —Scroll through your Facebook
feed and you'll already see an array of family
photos, pouting selfies and delectable dinners.
But over the past few of days, there's also been
a bright splash of color as users have been
updating their profile pics with a rainbow
overlay to advocate gay pride.
The vibrant support comes after a landmark
ruling by the U.S . Supreme Court to legalize
same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
And even The White House joined in,
posting this time-lapse video with the status:
"America should be very proud. #LoveWins."
"Our country was founded on the promise
that all people are created equal, and today
we took another step towards achieving that
promise," said Facebook co-founder Mark
Zuckerberg on his profile.
"I'm so happy for all of my friends and
everyone in our community who can finally
celebrate their love and be recognized as
equal couples under the law. We still have
much more to do to achieve full equality
for everyone in our community, but we are
moving in the right direction."
To update your profile photo with the
colors, simply visit the Facebook "Let's
Celebrate Pride" page, where you will be
shown a preview of your photo with the
Facebook is not the only tech giant to color
the Internet. Enter terms such as "gay pride,"
"same sex marriage" or "LGBT" into your
Google search and a line of bright characters
will adorn the top of your screen.
Twitter also totaled the overwhelming
number of tweets regarding the Supreme
Court's decision ("6.2 million and counting"),
automatically adding rainbow emojis to tweets
with the #LoveWins or #Pride hashtags.
You could celebrate on the move too, as taxi
app service Uber added color to its car icons
when users requested a ride.
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple who publicly
acknowledged his homosexuality last year,
also applauded the ruling on Twitter.
The United States joins Finland and Ireland
in legalizing gay marriage this year, bringing
the total number of countries that recognize
the union up to 22.
Social media blows up after historic SCOTUS ruling
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