SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A gay pride rally was held in Springfield Thursday, followed by a community celebration.
More than a dozen people gathered on the steps of Springfield City Hall. They unfurled the gay pride flag to show their support for same sex marriage.
Missy Novak and Melissa Hale have been married for 5 years. They have a daughter named Aiden. They told 22News about how happy they are that the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act.
"It's a historic time," said Hale. "We're thrilled that our family's rights are secure, and that financially we've received a lot of benefits that we have always felt we deserve. But were most proud of the fact that our daughter will be part of family whose marriage is recognized.
"I consider myself old school with a little bit of religious background, so I don't believe in same sex marriage. I believe in a man and a woman getting married," said Everett Bergmann of Erving. "But if somebody wants to have a same sex marriage and it doesn't affect me, then more power to you."
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. The law barred the federal government from recognizing same sex marriages that were legal under state law.