From San Diego to Sacramento and beyond, California is aflame with flamboyant festivities and Los Angeles is no exception. With the controversial Prop 8 and DOMA decision being made final and the doors blown wide open for same sex marriages, places like the Abbey in West Hollywood are filled to the brim with positively elated revelers.
The crowd gathered early Wednesday at the Abbey, a well-known gay bar in West Hollywood. Couples sipped coffee and watched TV as they awaited word of the Supreme Court's decisions relating to same-sex marriage. There was a wedding cake and champagne under a giant, rainbow-colored flag over the patio.
No one was more apprehensive about what was soon to transpire than Colby Melvin and Brandon Brown. The pair, both models who have been engaged for four months, clutched each other as they watched the screen.
As the court's ruling striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act was announced, the 28-year-old Brown's hand trembled around Melvin's waist.