The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love
When the Supreme Court made history by allowing same-sex couples to marry in any state, the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church in Houston decided to celebrate the decision by throwing a Texas-sized wedding for more than 40 same-sex couples.
"I’m happy to be a pastor who understands that God is love and to bless all loving relationships because that’s what God wants more for the world," Troy Treash, the church’s senior pastor, said.
Men and women have been getting married at Metropolitan Community Church for more than 40 years. At the wedding services on Sunday, on a stage draped with white fabric and lit with bright lights, same-sex couples shared that same altar.
"I just didn’t think I would ever see the day, especially in the state of Texas," newlywed Donna Galaviz said.
Guests snapped pictures and listened intently as each couple walked down the aisle and later exchanged their vows.
Many of the newlyweds say they’ve waited more than a decade to get married.
"The first full day it became legal, which was Monday, we went down and got our certificate and this was our first opportunity to get married," newlywed Tirey Counts said.