Nightly News   |  June 26, 2013

California couples celebrate demise of Prop 8

Thousands gathered to learn the Supreme Court’s ruling on Prop 8, which suspended same-sex marriage since 2008. The court’s decision became a call to action for those in other states where same-sex marriage isn’t legal. Opponents, however, say they “will not surrender.” NBC’s Mike Taibbi reports.

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>> reporter: this is mike tiabbi in california . in san francisco , thousands gathered to learn the court's ruling. same-sex marriage, suspended since 2008 by prop 8, now the law again.

>> i suspect by july, marriages will be provided legally up and down the state of california .

>> reporter: in west hollywood , nervous moments at the california equality offices. and then cheers of unrestrained joy. couples like this says they can make wedding plans.

>> now we can do it, dad. let's get it going.

>> reporter: in long beach, jody lambert got home from the night shift in time to greet rose and watch the decision together.

>> i'm so happy to be on the right side of history.

>> reporter: they say marriage, the word with its full meaning is different than civil union .

>> it's amazing so many people, my family included, treat my relationship so much differently than my brother and his wife.

>> reporter: prop 8 may be dead, but proponents say they aren't done yet.

>> we have fight in the court, we will not surrender.

>> reporter: for who knows how many americans, certainly tens of thousands in california , what happened today means one thing, their lives got better. here in west hollywood , they are getting ready for a celebration that will start later tonight. california 's attorney general camela harris has asked the district court to vacate the stay immediately. but it may take a few weeks or months for it to happen.

>> mike tiabbi and anne thompson , thank you, both.