What an incredible time to be a Californian and intern for the Los Angeles Times. The US Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act on June 26, 2013, declaring that same-sex couples who are legally married deserve equal rights to the benefits that all other married couples receive. As soon as I heard, I sprinted to West Hollywood to find hundreds of colorful individuals dancing in the streets. Only a few days later, a federal appeals court lifted a hold on a 2010 injunction, allowing same-sex marriages to resume throughout the state. Per my editors request, I immediately packed my bags and raced down the I-5 to San Francisco where I again, arrived to find hundreds of colorful individuals dancing in the streets.
There is no feeling quite like being able to witness and document history in the state I have always called home.