Gay Rights Advocate on DOMA Decision: ‘It Feels Wicked, Wicked Good’
Hundreds of gay rights supporters swarmed the steps of Cambridge City Hall after the Supreme Court ruled the Act unconstitutional.
Standing before hundreds of gay rights supporters on the steps of Cambridge City Hall on Wednesday, the same place where the nationâs first legal marriage applications were filed in 2004, Kara Suffredini, executive director of MassEquality, said the Supreme Courtâs decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act was âa long time coming.â
âThis is about fairness, and dignity, and about the core aspects of our basic humanity,â she said, drawing applause from the crowd, which was dotted with rainbow flags, umbrellas flecked with rain drops, and large signs reading âYay!,â as revelers stood shoulder-to-shoulder on the lawn along Massachusetts Avenue.
Hours after the courtâs decision was handed down in a 5-4 vote in Washington, D.C., allowing same-sex marriages to be recognized on a federal level, supporters gathered in Cambridge to share the historic occasion together.
During her speech, Suffredini joked that she didnât know when the event was going to happen, or if the outcome would be a positive one. âWe werenât sure if we were going to have a celebration, or a vigil,â she said. âBut today was a long time coming. Many years ago, people did not think this day was possible, but here we are.â
The celebration was hosted by Cambridgeâs Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Commission and members of MassEquality, and featured speakers from several different advocacy groups, as well as former and current elected officials from the city.
Halfway through the rally, a heavy rain came down on the crowd, but it wasnât enough to deter the celebration, as dozens of couples embraced one another, taking cover together under their umbrellas while continuing to cheer for the speakers.
Standing at the podium in the rain, Erika Scibelli, who was there on behalf of the Family Equality Council, said the decision was a big step in the right direction, however, more still needs to be done. âBut today, the Supreme Court validated and affirmed my family and yours,â she said to the crowd. âAnd let me tell you, it feels wicked good. It feels wicked, wicked good.â
Scibelli was 12-years-old when her mother, who was married to Scibelliâs father at the time, came out. She said while it changed her life, she believes that the change was exactly what her family needed. âI have seen my family grow and flourish in the face of adversity,â she said. âI have always said that in Massachusetts, we know how to start a revolutionâŚit is evident another revolutions is under wayâa revolution of love.â
Suffredini returned to the podium at the end of the celebration after the rain cleared, and said that love should be on the same level as heterosexual couples, both in law, and in life. âI think we can eliminate the term âgay marriage’ from the vocabulary as if itâs a different type of marriage,â she said. âBecause what we have now is full marriage.â
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