I write this post with a happy heart. On Friday, June 26, same-sex marriage became legal all over the United States, and the first same-sex marriage license in Austin was distributed at 10:30am. I was at the Travis County clerk’s office by noon, and cheered outside with a handful of supporters. (Surprisingly, I didn’t see one naysayer anywhere near the clerk’s office. The entire experience — from what is usually seen as a routine, bureaucratic task — was incredibly buoyant, to the point of ecstatic. People gave out hugs, flowers, and cupcakes donated from local businesses.)
On July 4th, a group of folks organized a giant wedding on the main lawn of the Texas Capitol downtown, and more than forty couples were married en masse. The energy was frenetic! A crowd of 300+ supporters held signs, raised cameras, blew bubbles; cried.
I wasn’t there in any “official” capacity; I was there as just another excited ally in the crowd, but I also snapped a few photos. Here are a handful from both that first historic day, and also the Big Gay Wedding on Independence Day.