Local gay rights activists are celebrating the historic decisions handed down today by the Supreme Count. They gathered at Fresno City Hall on Wednesday night to mark a day they'll never forget.
Engaged since February, Daniel Fuentes and Carissa Morales are overcome with emotion Wednesday. They'll now begin planning their wedding which they feel validates their love for one another.
"We get to instill the values we grew up to know, marriage, committing to someone, living happily ever after," said Morales. Fuentes added, "We were hoping this was going to pass so we could get married, legally in our own state."
They've been fighting for gay marriage alongside many others in California for years. Robin McGehee says it's still sinking in that they won this battle.
"Excitement and anticipation and anxiousness to see it all play out, watching the marriages in California," said McGehee, an activist since the late 90's.
She says raising two children to believe they're equal to the other kids in school will be a little easier now that the government recognizes the rights of same sex couples. Fuentes and Morales say they no longer have to feel conflicted about their relationship.
"We were doing everything we were supposed to be doing in life, but just because we love different, people wanted to hold us back from becoming a strong family," said Morales.