By Claire Parker
Below is an hour-by-hour timeline of important events and reactions related to the Supreme Court decisions of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 on Wednesday, June 26.
9:30 a.m. EST: Crowds gathered in the Castro neighborhood in San Francisco, the epicenter of the gay rights movement. Outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, crowds eagerly awaited news of the decisions.
10:01 a.m. EST: The SCOTUS blog reports that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
10:28 a.m. EST: SCOTUS reports that the Supreme Court has decided that supporters of Proposition 8 have no standing to appeal the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision, effectively overturning Prop 8 and legalizing same-sex marriage in California.
10:48 a.m. EST: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom addressed the crowd at City Hall, comparing marriage equality activists to Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., and congratulating them on their victory
11:00 a.m. EST: Speaker of the House John Boehner expresses his disapproval:
“While I am obviously disappointed in the ruling, it is always critical that we protect our system of checks and balances…A robust national debate over marriage will continue in the public square, and it is my hope that states will define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.”
11:46 a.m. EST: President Obama releases a statement backing the Supreme Court’s decision:
“I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law.”
1:00 p.m EST: Celebrations erupted after the release of the rulings outside of the Supreme Court in DC and outside of City Hall in San Francisco. People all around the world expressed their jubilation via social media. Trending topics on Twitter include #loveislove, DOMA, and #prop8.
2:00 p.m EST: Celebrities and companies such as Facebook are showing their support for marriage equality. Facebook posted “Approximately 70% of people on Facebook in the U.S. are connected to a friend who has expressly identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual on their timeline. #PrideConnectsUs
5:50 p.m. EST: Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in U.S. v. Windsor (which this morning ruled DOMA unconstitutional) is speaking at a celebratory rally in New York City.
Simon Greenhill contributed reporting.