American Foundation for Equal Rights

New York Times: As Rulings Are Announced, Cheers and Tears Among Waiting Crowd

Eric Banco of The New York Times writes of the crowd’s reaction to the Prop 8 and DOMA decisions as they waited near the steps of the Supreme Court:

Maureen Mentrek and Karna Adam, both sophomores at Dartmouth, said they came to the court at 9:30 Tuesday night to get in line. They said they had slept for about an hour, with pillows and sleeping bags on the sidewalk.

“It’s a huge landmark case and to actually be able to see it and to see these people in line so passionate about it is really great,” Mr. Adam said. “It is a changing time for us and these cases are like the civil rights cases used to be for past generations.”

Jared Milrad, a lawyer who lives in Washington, arrived at the court about 11 p.m. Tuesday night. He said he had come to hear the decisions because DOMA personally affected him. He and his boyfriend were engaged last year in New York and hope to be married within a year.

For more, read AFER’s press release here.