More than 100 LGBT community members and their allies stood beneath the Picaso statue at Daley Plaza last night to show their support for the ruling in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case in California.
The case was brought to the courts to overturn the Prop 8 vote that was approved by a majority vote in the November 2008 election that defined marriage as that between a man and a woman only - thus negating any chance for same-sex marriages.
Judge Vaughn Walker, a Republican appointed, openly-gay, Federal Judge ruled that Prop 8 is unconstitutional and at its basis infringes on everyone's right to equality.
Judge Walkers ruling was 138 pages long and cited many Supreme Court cases as evidence that Prop 8 is unconstitutional - the first time that the US Constitution has been referenced versus a States Constitution - a big step that will hopefully see this case eventually referred to the Supreme Court to rule on.
But we're a long way from that point. Even though Judge Walker issued his ruling yesterday, it came with a stay (requested by the Opposition because they knew they were going to lose) in effect until Friday so that briefs for an appeal can be filed. Of course we knew the losers were going to appeal, this is only the first step in many that this case will need to take before it finally concludes. Now the losers will appeal to the 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals in San Francisco and if they also rule against the opponents then they can appeal to the US Supreme Court - but that's still a few years away. Just look how long it took for this case to be heard and ruled upon.
Regardless, it is the first step of many, as Confucius said "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step," so now lets get running!