NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Crowds swarmed late into the night Friday at and around the Stonewall Inn, the Greenwich Village tavern widely considered to be the birthplace of the gay rights movement, following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision that declares same-sex couples have a right to marry in all 50 states.
As CBS2’s Matt Kozar reported, a crowd of a thousand packed the surrounding streets of Greenwich Village Friday night, singing, “Over the Rainbow.” After a long-fought legal battle, it was a victory lap for the gay community.
“We have all the rights now,” said Erin Dempsey. “And now we don’t have to carry our marriage license everywhere we go that doesn’t recognize same sex marriage.”
Waving “love rules” signs and rainbow flags, they celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court decision. Among the crowd was a 2-year-old boy at the heart of the case – Cooper Talmas-Vitale – and his dads, Joe Vitale and Rob Talmas.
“We are now equal in all 50 states and territories in the United States of America,” Vitale said.
Cooper was named as a plaintiff in the case. Cooper was adopted from Ohio — a state that has not allowed same-sex marriage. Because of that, Ohio state officials will only permit one of his fathers to be on his birth certificate.
Vitale and Talmas have been fighting for a year to get both of their names on it and with this decision, they have finally prevailed, ending years of headaches and disappointment, CBS2’s Jessica Schneider reported.