Chris Hartman leads the rally on Friday, June 26. | Photo by Sara Havens
Chris Hartman (with the bullhorn) leads the rally on Friday, June 26. | Photo by Sara Havens

A sizable crowd gathered out front of the Jefferson County Court House on Friday, June 26, chanting “Love wins!” and celebrating the Supreme Court’s ruling validating same-sex marriage nationwide. Couples held hands, tears of joy streamed down many faces, and hugs outnumbered hi-fives. Led by Fairness Campaign‘s Chris Hartman, who addressed the ecstatic crowd through a bullhorn, the rally featured some of the Kentucky same-sex couples and their lawyers who took the case all the way to D.C.

Unfortunately, the event was cut short due to a torrential downpour and thunderstorm that rolled through downtown shortly after 5:30 p.m. So a follow-up celebration is planned for Saturday, July 11, at Marketplace Restaurant on South Fourth Street.

11110503_10153442993372264_5379855865238285636_oTitled the #LoveWins Victory Party, the event, which has nearly 800 Facebook RSVPs as of press time, will feature the Kentucky plaintiffs and their lawyers; GLAD attorney Mary Bonauto, one of the three lawyers who argued the case before the Supreme Court; and James Esseks, the LGBT & AIDS Project Director for the ACLU.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity to congratulate the Kentuckians who helped make marriage possible for all Americans and meet the national players who helped maneuver us to victory,” Hartman tells Insider.

There also will be live music by newly formed The Birdies (Brigid Kaelin, Laura Ellis and Susan Crocker) and Woodrow on the Radio. Other sponsors include Clay Daniel Walton & Adams PLC, Fauver Law Office PLLC and the ACLU of Kentucky.

The #LoveWins Victory Party will be held Saturday, July 11, at 7 p.m. at Marketplace Restaurant, 651 S. Fourth St. Admission is free.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."