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A look back: Athens’ reaction to 2015 marriage equality Supreme Court ruling

Athens PRIDE led a gathering at the Arch on June 26, 2015, to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality. (Nicolle Sartain/Staff) On this day five years ago, a large crowd gathered by the Arch in downtown Athens for an impromptu celebration held by Athens PRIDE, according to a 2015 Red & Black article . On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality and declared same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

Gatherers waved celebratory signs and drivers honked their horns as they passed, but the show of support didn’t end there—several downtown businesses displayed signs in their windows in response to the ruling, according to another 2015 Red & Black article .

The signs featured a “Love=Legalized” slogan over a rainbow background and were distributed to downtown businesses by Athens PRIDE, according to the article.

“We started with a few businesses that had supported or contributed to Athens PRIDE in the past, then began blindly approaching others,” former Athens PRIDE president Justin Gillespie said in the article. “After handing them out for just a couple blocks, she had to call and have more printed. The willingness to support was that great.”

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