'Love Wins' as Americans celebrate gay marriage outside court

Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:40pm EDT
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By Stella Dawson

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - "It's a majority!", one person yelled on Friday morning from the portico of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The words tumbled down the marbled steps and spilled into the waiting crowd. Cheers erupted, people hugged, they kissed and they cried.

The high court had just ruled same-sex marriage a constitutional right in the United States.

"Love Wins" read one sign held aloft the joyous crowd. "America is ready," read another.

Carmen Guzman was waiting outside the court, as she has for each of its decisions on gay marriage. A native of southern Mexico, Guzman had traveled to Canada in 2009 to marry because her home state of Virginia forbade the union of two women.

No more.

"The decision respects our dignity, our love and our full humanity," said Carmen, her eyes shining as she proudly displayed her polka-dot rainbow colored pants.

Her spouse Ikeita Cantu from Texas held up a sparkling sign that read "Ecstatic."   Continued...

Gay rights supporters celebrate after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg