Gay Marriage in California: 23 Images That Show Us What Real Equality Looks Like

Proposition 8 has been repealed, and on Friday afternoon the legal stay of gay marriage in California was lifted, same-sex couples across the state were finally granted the right to marry. Many had waited years and immediately came to city halls to tie the knot. These are some of the couples who were among the first to be married.

All photos were taken by the author in San Francisco.

1. The Plaintiffs in the Prop 8 Case Arrive at City Hall


2. The First Californian Same-Sex Marriage After Prop 8


3. A Crying Couple Weds


 

4. Celebratory Fist Pump


5. More Crying...


6. Flowers For the Brides


7. Embracing After Their Vows


8. Showing Off the Certificate


9. Serenaded by the Choir


10. Remembering Fallen Leaders


11. Ecstatic With Joy


12. Sharing the Moment With Their Families


13. Surrounded by Cameras


14. Holding Back Tears


15. Celebrating the Victory


16. Sharing a Tender Kiss


17. Supported by a Flower Boy


18. With a Proud Papa Watching


19. While Being Live-Tweeted


20. While Being Filmed On an iPhone


21. Making Everyone Smile With Joy


22. Keeping It Classy


23. Beaming With Joy