Boiseans Gather at Statehouse to Celebrate Marriage Equality 

click to enlarge - The scene on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol. -  - HARRISON BERRY
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  • The scene on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol.

click to enlarge - Colleen Fellows, Chelsea Gaona-Lincoln and Evangeline Beechler at the Idaho State Capitol -  - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Colleen Fellows, Chelsea Gaona-Lincoln and Evangeline Beechler at the Idaho State Capitol
A huge rainbow flag rippled down the Idaho State Capitol steps, and the celebratory atmosphere was heightened by music by Pink and Queen flowed freely into the ether as approximately 100 people gathered at the Capitol to celebrate the Supreme Court rule on marriage equality in the United States.

The music was courtesy of Lisa Perry, who had made the playlist on Spotify for the Pride festival last weekend, but she had no idea she'd be using the same playlist again so soon.

"I had a feeling the Supreme Court would rule in our favor, and here we are," Perry said.

Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage was overturned in October 2014. After the Supreme Court ruled June 26 that any two consenting adult American citizens may marry, "same-sex marriage" is now, simply, "marriage."

"This means our country got a little nicer," said Evangeline Beechler on the Capitol steps. "It's 'marriage' now."

While the sweeping Supreme Court ruling struck down barriers to LGBT rights across the country, there are those who say the Gem State still has work to do when it comes to equality for its LGBT citizens. Idaho has yet to enact statewide protections against discrimination based on gender identification and sexual orientation. For many like Chelsea Gaona-Lincoln, who works with the Add the Words movement that has sought to add "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to the state's 1960s-era human rights law, June 26 was still a day for jubilation.

"We're celebrating with everybody. It's an extension of all the work we've been doing," she said. 
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