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This story was originally published on June 26, 2015.
Hours after a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling brought marriage equality to all 50 states, celebrations kicked off across the country.
Speaking Friday morning, Barack Obama was enthusiastic in his support. "This decision affirms what millions of Americans believe in our hearts. When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free," the President said.
A quote from Justice Kennedy, who wrote the majority ruling, started going viral on Facebook. A particularly powerful passage reads:
"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.... They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."
Couples rushed out to get married in states where it had been banned. (Not everywhere — a few states have waiting periods — but it'll happen in the coming days.) Here's the first same-sex couple married in Cleveland!
Mother Nature showed her support with a rainbow above the White House (seriously).
Presidential candidates (mostly the Democrats) tweeted their support, including this great map from Hillary Clinton.
Huge crowds celebrated outside the Supreme Court in D.C.
Some pretty epic SCOTUS photoshops followed suit.
Brands jumped in to show their support. Uber put little rainbow trails on the backs of its cars, and Ben & Jerry's named a new flavor, "I Dough, I Dough," in support.
And, with annual gay pride parades planned in New York City and around the country this weekend, we have a feeling the party will continue!