Rainbows Light Up Landmarks Across the U.S. to Celebrate Marriage Equality

Monuments, bridges, and even a castle went multicolored in celebration of the Supreme Court’s ruling.
The White House on Friday, June 26. (Photo: Twitter)
Jun 27, 2015· 2 MIN READ
Samantha Cowan is an associate editor for culture.

Friday morning was full of gleeful celebrations as a long-awaited decision was handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court granting same-sex couples the right to marry across the country.

President Obama addressed the nation shortly after the ruling was announced, applauding it. “When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free,” the president said. “This ruling is a victory for America.” Obama has publicly supported marriage equality since 2012.

As the sun set, the celebration continued at the White House and across the country, with major monuments and landmarks taking on a rainbow hue to honor the moment.

A History of Support

San Francisco City Hall. (Photo: Twitter)

It’s no surprise that the progressive city of San Francisco lit up its city hall. Along with Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago, San Francisco took part in the first pride march back in 1970.

Small but Mighty

World Trade Center. (Photo: Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

It might be tough to see, but the tippy-top of New York’s World Trade Center was highlighted with blues, greens, and reds on Friday night.

No More Playing With Hearts

Playhouse Square, Cleveland. (Photo: Twitter)

Cleveland’s theater district welcomed the Supreme Court decision by adding some color to its sign before the curtain rose Friday evening. Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in the one of the cases the Supreme Court ruled on, is from Ohio, and the ruling overturned his state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

A Long Ride to Equality

Seattle Ferris wheel. (Photo: Twitter)

Washington state legalized gay marriage in 2012. Seattle celebrated the national move by lighting up the giant Ferris wheel in Elliott Bay.

The Happiest Place on Earth

Cinderella Castle at Disney World. (Photo: Twitter)

Same-sex marriage was illegal in Florida until Friday, and the folks at Disney World were pretty jazzed about the decision. The Cinderella Castle became even more magical when enhanced with pride colors.

Bridging the Gap

I-35W Bridge, Minneapolis. (Photo: Twitter)

Minneapolis lit up all 1,200 feet of its I-35W bridge, which crosses the Mississippi River.

Watershed Moment Lit Up on Waterfalls

Niagara Falls. (Photo: Twitter)

Niagara Falls forms part of the border between the U.S. and Canada, and as Americans against marriage equality announced they would move to our northern neighbor rather than suffer another day living in a country where people who want to wed aren’t discriminated against on the basis of sex, these colorful falls are a welcome reminder that gay marriage has been legal in Canada for a decade.