SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Thousands of people were partying in the streets of San Francisco and other communities throughout the Bay Area Wednesday evening to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings which struck down California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, handing a pair of victories to supporters of same-sex marriage.
A statewide poll conducted for KPIX 5 after the court rulings were issued earlier Wednesday found a majority of Californians supported both of them; 52% agreed with the court’s Prop. 8 decision, while an even larger 59% agreed with the DOMA ruling.
In San Francisco’s Castro District, home to one of America’s most vibrant gay and lesbian communities, thousands celebrated along Market Street, between Castro and 19th streets, in a giant victory party that featured two stages of entertainment.
Rainbows were everywhere from flags to balloons to feather boas, and people were dressed in all sorts of costumes from puffy dresses to wedding veils or in some cases wore no clothing at all. People in the crowd held signs that read “Today We Are More American” and “Marry Who You Love.”