Wilmington Pride celebrates Supreme Court decisions

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Submitted: Thu, 06/27/2013 - 3:36am
Updated: Thu, 06/27/2013 - 1:20pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Pride held a rally tonight to celebrate the Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage.

“This wonderful day not only for Wilmington Pride, but for the LGBT community and the nation as a whole,” Ryan Burris of Wilmington Pride said. “This a gigantic step forward.”

Clarice Rodriquez and Sharon Cleary were married one year ago in Holland. They are celebrating their anniversary and this decision.

“We were just excited and shouting and dancing in the living room. We just feel free again, it feels like a bureaucratic obstacle has been removed. It feels normal again,” the couple said.

While many countries in the world accept same sex marriage, this does not apply across the US. This is one battle for benefits. The Defense of Marriage Act still stands.

“This has been in the works for a while now with the Supreme Court, but I believe we will continue to go further along this path and continue with equality for all,” Burris said.

While supporters at the vigil were certainly happy with Wednesday’s Supreme Court decisions, they vow to continue until same sex marriage is enforced equally across the country.


  • TR says:

    Chris, what did you mean by saying “DOMA still stands”? Yesterday’s court ruling obviously stripped DOMA of any power in this country. That’s why it was such a big win for the community. That statement is inaccurate and wrong. North Carolina unfortunately still has Amendment One which bans same-sex marriage in this state, however DOMA does NOT “still stand”. LGBT couple who are legally married WILL have access to federal benefits.

  • GayButNotaRainbowFlagWaver says:

    I agree with you, Guest 4253. Hokey.

    The Gay Pride fanatics are often embarrassing and do not represent all gays by any means. First of all, the rainbow flag is tacky, and Gay Pride Parades are insufferable to watch because of the leather men, dykes on bikes, drag queens, etc. Downright ugly.

    There is no confederacy among gay people, and so many of us are living quiet lives and refuse to accept the term “gay” because the word itself has frivolous connotations.

    We are out of the closet, but we do not wear the “gay” label around our necks. Gay is far too restrictive to define me or my friends. We adamantly reject the term.

    We are intelligent professionals whose lives and personalities are too multifaceted for the dumb and restrictive gay label. We would prefer the term “bent,” which does not stir up images of flaming gays with their hair dyed purple.

  • Guest 4253 says:

    Watching that staged phony posed cheer by those three celebrants was uncomfortably embarrassing. Gay or straight, that was really hokey.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    This won’t end till preachers are jailed for not sacrificing their principals.

  • GuestMan. says:

    Maybe we should sacrifice the preachers.

  • Butch says:

    Hell, I am gay and they embarrassed me!

  • Guest 4253 says:

    Bent ….. but not broken. :-)

  • Jeremy says:

    “The Defense of Marriage Act still stands.”

    Chris, how do you mean? It’s true the Act has several provisions, not all of which were made subject to the DOMA Supreme Court case. But this is a curious sentence to include in your report. The majority was clear that Congress’s 1996 law discriminating against same sex couples was unconstituional.

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