Marriage Equality Brings Euphoria to San Francisco Pride Parade
Thousands of cheering spectators lined Market Street on Sunday for the 45th annual San Francisco Pride Parade. Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage legal nationwide seemed to bring more energy and significance to the event, which organizers called the biggest ever.
Dykes on Bikes kicked off the parade with the roar of hundreds of motorcycles.
"We met on match.com and got married soon after. I mean, this isn't my first rodeo. I knew it was right." -- Melissa Stinar
"I've been with Dykes on Bikes since 1978, when I started riding motorcycles. With the Supreme Court decision, it's like they just can't say no to us anymore." -- Soni Wolf
"The decision happened on the anniversary of our third marriage to each other, and today is my 66th birthday. How about that!" -- Nanette Gartrell
Big tech companies like Airbnb, Facebook, and especially Apple made their presence felt. Apple had the largest group in the parade, with thousands of employees and their friends and families waving flags and handing out iTunes gift cards.