Today's U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to legalize same-sex marriages throughout the country ends the decades-long fight for equal rights to marry whom you love. From interacial marriages to gay and lesbian marriages, marriage equality has been a significant struggle in the broader civil rights battle for years.
A handful of Richmond organizations that support the LGBTQ community hosted a press conference at The Byrd Theatre this evening to celebrate today's ruling. About 500 people attended to show their support. The photographs accompanying this story were taken at the event today.
The SCOTUS decision today does not change anything for the thousands of already-married couples in Virginia. What does change, however, is that same-sex marriage opponents in the Virginia General Assembly have pledged to stop their efforts to ban such unions and to change any laws currently on the books to abide by the new law.
Virginia legalized same-sex unions in October 2014, when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld a lowere court's ruling striking down the state's 2006 ban on same-sex marriage, according the the Richmond Times-Dispatch.