A wedding is arguably one of the most exciting moments in anyone’s life. From the proposal to walking down the aisle, it is a celebration of love that every couple should have the opportunity to experience. Luckily, we now live in a country where everyone can live that joy with the love of their life—whomever that may be.
Two years ago this month, same-sex marriage became a federal right in the United States. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of marriage equality, changing the lives of those in the LGBT community and allowing those individuals the freedom to marry as they please. The ruling was passed during the annual LGBT Pride Month, which is celebrated every June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan—a pivotal moment in the Gay Liberation Movement. In 1995, June was officially recognized as a LGBT History Month and has since been on the list of commemorative months in the United States.
Meet Micah, Jason, and other same-sex couples and their heartwarming reactions to the excitement of discovering that they would be able to legally marry their significant other anywhere across the U.S.
“I came out of the closet when I was 15, and at that moment, you’re kind of told about this alternative wedding you’re going to have,” said Micah and Jason on their love lives and marriage ideas growing up. “It will be formal, but not binding. And it never really sat right.”
For these couples, the two-year anniversary of this law is more than just an iconic government decision. And while marriage still has a long way to go until it's totally equal, the past two years have been a major step in the right direction. This LGBT Pride Month, we’re celebrating the monumental court decision and giving a glimpse into the lives of those who have been impacted by it.