Pride San Antonio organizers expect bigger turnout after Supreme Court decisions

Annual gay pride cele­bration falls on the same week the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop­osition 8 are struck down

San Antonio - Dozens of people gathered inside the Saint Thursday for a charity steak dinner, kicking-off Pride San Antonio.

The topic of conversation at every table was Wednesday’s landmark decisions from the Supreme Court.

In a 5-4 decision the court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which blocked federal recognition of gay marriage.

The court also allowed gay marriage to resume in California by declining to rule on a case involving Proposition 8.

“It's a step in the right direction that somebody is finally taking notice that it’s time to move forward and advance with society and take a proactive step to protect a very marginalized class of people,” said James Poindexter of Pride San Antonio.

Kindergarten teacher Heidi Christensen was in a summer teacher’s workshop anxiously awaiting word from the high court.

“I was on pins and needles. I sat there on my iPad waiting for it to come in and was thrilled when it did,” she said. “People at other tables are going, ‘Why is this lady crying?’ And I said, ‘Well I live in America, and today it looked like America.”

Poindexter and Christensen both serve on Pride San Antonio’s board.

They said Friday’s festival and Saturday’s parade couldn’t have come at a better time, and expect the turnout to be bigger than ever.

“It's going to bring a lot of young people out that are coming out for the first time that are thinking about their futures and how they’re going to live their lives as LGBT individuals,” Poindexter said.

“I think sometimes people need permission to come out and support. Perhaps this is going to do it,” said Christensen.

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