Yesterday was a historic day for Americans and especially for the LGBT community as the US Supreme Court dismissed the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8, entitling gay unions to the same rights and benefits straight couples have. These photos give us a look back on the long road to liberation.
In celebration of this major marriage milestone, BuzzFeed has published photos dating back from the 1960’s demonstrating the LGBT struggle for equal treatment and rights. For instance, above is a photo archived by the New York Public Library of the Gay Liberation Front proudly stomping the streets of Times Square in ’69.
Over four decades of strife later, US President Barack Obama had this statement to make on the DOMA / Prop 8 issue:
I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it. We are a people who declared that we are all created equal – and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.
This ruling is a victory for couples who have long fought for equal treatment under the law; for children whose parents’ marriages will now be recognized, rightly, as legitimate; for families that, at long last, will get the respect and protection they deserve; and for friends and supporters who have wanted nothing more than to see their loved ones treated fairly and have worked hard to persuade their nation to change for the better.
The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts: when all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.
The race has indeed been slow and definitely not steady, but humankind is getting closer to being just that: kinder, more accepting and less discriminating.
See the full gallery of “19 Powerful Photos From The Early Struggle For LGBT Rights” on BuzzFeed. Sourced from The Huffington Post.