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You know you've come a long way in the fight for equality when the people you come across at the Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco are these guys.

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On the right is Mitch Mayne, one of the driving forces behind reconciling Mormons with the LGBT community post Prop 8. Aside from being a really nice guy, he also showed a good sense of humor when we ran into him this morning as everyone was gearing up for a historic parade celebrating the demise of Prop 8 and DOMA:

"Don't worry, it'll be more than just the two of us joining the parade."

Indeed, he was not lying, as just a couple of hours later about 150 Mormons marched down Market Street to celebrate LOVE in all shapes and forms along with tens of thousands of San Franciscans.

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We've come a long way. While there's still work to be done in the struggle for equality, today was a day to celebrate the truly remarkable progress that has been made in the last few years, culminating in this week's Supreme Court rulings.

Speaking of for the Supreme Court: "Put a ring on it!"

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Below the orange engagement diamond, a photo journey through a marvelous day in San Francisco...

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Gay Pride Parade, June 30, 2013, San Francisco

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My sweetie Deb and I decided to head downtown early, to get some behind-the-scenes shots before the big crowds arrived. Aside from the Mormons and the Supremes, the Safeway guys were loading up their shopping carts...

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and creating one of my favorite rainbow flags of the day...

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Spotted a couple of adorable gnomes...

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and dykes on bikes getting ready...

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looking colorful...

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powerful...

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badass...

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and just plain wonderful...

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and despite the all-encompassing good-lovingness I think a little bit of in-your-face gloating was absolutely in order (check out the super-sized blingy ring the lady on the right is wearing)...

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It was diversity within diversity. We found ourselves a spot at Market and Beale where the different groups were gathering to line up in the right spot...

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before launching themselves...

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into the parade...

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As usual, the parade was attended by a who's who of politicians and dignitaries, but this year the confluence of politics and activism was probably even more meaningful.

Gavin Newsom, who started it all when as newly-elected San Francisco Mayor he issued a directive to the city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004, getting some beads on his son Hunter before turning onto Market Street.

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris, whose refusal to defend the abominable Proposition 8 laid the foundation for SCOTUS' punt last Wednesday, was looking royally marvelous...

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It was nice to see solidarity with the people who got their equal rights curbed by the same SCOTUS this week..

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and quite a few reminders of the controversy over whether Bradley Manning should be embraced by the gay comunity.

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Tying together marriage equality, freedom of speech, and immigrant rights is really not a stretch...

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But in the end, today was really about Wham, Blap, Biff, and Biff!

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It was about celebrating new love...

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and reaffirming long-term commitment...

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whether it was delivered Americana-style...

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or Euro super-Smart...

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It really was about family values...

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and as if guided by divine intervention, that's when the aforementioned Mormon contingent that Mitch Mayne had promised started to show up in full force...

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What better measure of faith in a higher power than to be loving and tolerant of love...

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God was smiling today...

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After we saw the last group off onto Market Street, Deb and I decided to skip the big rally at Civic Center and move back to quieter pastures. While we felt like we got a really good soaking in this truly historic and uplifting happening, the party had really just begun...

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Back in our Mission neighborhood, we caught this beautiful display in a shop window that I think sums up this entire week.

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Happy Equality! Happy Love! Happy Victory!

o~O~o~O~o~O~o~O~o~O~o~

crossposted at A World of Words

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