In photos: Marriage equality supporters celebrate in downtown

Asheville community members gathered at the Vance Monument on June 26 to celebrate the advance in equal marriage rights. Photo by Sarah Whelan

“What a day in this nation’s history,” says Lindsey Simerly, campaign manager for the Campaign for Southern Equality. On Friday, June 26, many people were overcome with joy as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

The Campaign for Southern Equality held a gathering at Vance Monument to celebrate the 5-4 vote that says states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. The theme of the celebration was love as couples, friends and allies stood side by side to celebrate a large step forward for the LGBT community and its supporters.

“What this decision means to me is the recognition that freedom, equality, justice are profound American values that define who we are,” Senator Terry Van Duyn, D-Buncombe, told the crowd. “Perhaps the most profound freedom we have is to love who we love”.

Following the gathering at Vance Memorial, celebrants  attended a victory party at Asheville Brewing Company from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. A final celebration will be held at O’Henry’s, beginning at 8:30 p.m. For more information on today’s ruling, click here.

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About Sarah Whelan
Avid news enthusiast. Photojournalist interested in community outreach. Freelancer for Mountain Xpress. Follow me @WhelanSarah_

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