The capitol was decked out in rainbow Friday night, as a large crowd gathered to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling, legalizing gay marriage nationwide.
It was a day many had been waiting for.
"It was just a big sigh of relief followed by a moment of tears," said Novice Sister Defiance Royale.
For the crowd, it was the day love won. One group dressed in veils and wore face paint to celebrate a day they never thought they'd see.
"I don't think that seven years ago I would have thought today would be possible in this country," said Novice Sister Defiance Royale.
But now it is possible for gay and lesbian couples to tie the knot, and for marriages to be accepted in all states.
At the capitol, there was gratitude, cheering and embracing.
For David Weller, the day was about the future for him and his young children.
"I like that they're gonna grow up in the US that's got a free, loving society because love is love and it doesn't matter who you're married to," Weller said.
Marriage equality means a lot. But for activists it doesn't mean their work is done.
"It's a step in the right direction. We have so much more work to do but it's a step in the right direction," said Beverly Kearny, Found of Love is Love movement.
Activists say they will keep fighting for the issues that matter, but Friday night was all about celebrating this victory.