Twenty years ago, the thought of same-sex marriage being legalized in the United States was something gay and lesbians could never imagine would happen in their life time. The same can be said about seeing an African-American elected president. But never say never.
An African-American is now finishing his second term as president. And same-sex marriage is the law of the land.
On June 26th, the United States Supreme Court made its landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
At AT&T headquarters in downtown Dallas, Texas, the high court’s ruling was celebrated with the first organized rally in the city.
Dozens of AT&T employees, gay and straight, joined with LEAGUE, the AT&T LGBT employee resource group, for a rally outside on the plaza adjacent to headquarters.
They cheered, waved rainbow and American flags; some even brought their children to help mark the historic event.
The rally lasted about an hour and included LEAGUE Chief Executive Officer Patty Kelley and LEAGUE at AT&T DFW Chapter President Rick Wilson speaking to the crowd.
AT&T has been a long-time supporter of its LGBT employees. In 1975, it was the first major corporation adopt policies that prevented discrimination based on sexual orientation.
AT&T recognized the Supreme Court ruling by changing its logo to the colors of the gay pride flag. The company also created a social media hashtag that simply said: #loveislove.