Justice Anthony Kennedy in San Diego ahead of LGBT Pride


Protesters hold pro-gay rights flags outside the US Supreme Court on April 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court meets to hear arguments whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed in the United States, with a final decision expected in June. (Getty Images

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SAN DIEGO —  The rainbow flags are flying high in San Diego as the city prepares to celebrate Pride. And with those preparations comes a timely visit.

On Wednesday, Justice Anthony Kennedy made an appearance in San Diego at the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference.  The visit comes less than a month after the pivotal ruling ending the ban on same-sex marriage and just days before San Diego celebrates LGBT Pride.

“The theme for this year’s Pride is Liberty and Justice for All,” aid Stephen Whitburn, Executive Director of San Diego LGBT Pride.

Whitburn said this year’s Pride celebrations have greater meaning because of the Supreme Court’s ruling.

“I think this ruling that has made marriage equality legal across the country has done a lot to really energize the community,” said Whitburn.

That energy was felt by many, including Fina and Angel Adrian.

“My dress ready, my veil…everything’s ready. I’m super excited!” said Fina.

In this couple’s case, it’s not just Pride weekend. Justice Kennedy’s visit comes as the couple prepares to renew their wedding vows.

“Love the words he said. And it’s all about working together and having support for each other,” said Angel.

Both agree his words and the ruling have changed so many people’s lives and reminds them and others that their love is equal in the eyes of the law.

“We’re all human we should all be treated the same way,” said Fina.

“Equality, happiness, love. It’s all what makes it happy,” Angel said.

Justice Kennedy said Wednesday that the job of the Supreme Court is to interpret the laws. Regarding the ruling last month, he said, “We all must be on the same page in order to protect freedom in this country. “

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