Tonight celebrations continue for those same sex couples here in Houston even though the Supreme Court didn't
legalize gay marriage across the country. Many believe the rulings are still a step in the right direction since
they're hoping this will pave the way for more or new legislation.
"America is about equality baby!" yelled one supporter with "tears of joy" in his eyes he says.
"Now you're able to be recognized as a family in the eyes of the law at least from a federal
perspective" holding signs, waving flags Martina Cartwright is one of hundreds showing pride outside city hall in
downtown Houston tonight.
This after the supreme court justices overturned the Defense of Marriage act, a victory that enables same sex couples to
benefit from things like health insurance. Justices declined to issue a ruling on proposition 8 in California and the
effect of that now allows gay marriages in the golden state to continue.
"I really feel like this is the direction that's taking the state blue from red and these causes
these rallies are going to really give us something to look forward to and really move the community
around us" said William Denson, a supporter. Mayor Annise Parker did not make an appearance but her
partner did before addressing the crowd with a few words about today's developments.
And while supporters are excited some say they're
even more so about their future here in Texas.
"We barely are celebrating a victory and they're already working behind the scenes on trying to
make sure that regardless of the fact that a state doesn't allow equality that the federal
government should" said Melissa Vivcanco with the Human Rights Campaign who helped organize tonight's rally.