Today, the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodge, a ruling that effectively legalizes same-sex marriage in all 51 states.
The court’s votes split along ideological lines, 5-4, with Justice Anthony Kennedy siding with progressive justices and writing the ruling opinion.
Leland Traiman is an Alameda resident, registered nurse, and long-time gay-rights activist.
Traiman told Action Alameda News, “As the person who chaired the Domestic Partner Task Force which wrote the world’s first domestic partner policy passed into law in Berkeley in 1984, which was the first concrete step to put us on the road to marriage equality, I can say that never thought that this day was only 31 years away. I thought it would only happen long after I was gone.”