For many at the Supreme Court, it was time to celebrate.
Partners Dylan Lowery and Dylan Frendt called Wednesday's Supreme Court decisions to rule the federal Defense of Marriage Act and paving the way for same-sex unions in California major victories for gay rights.
"This is just a life-affirming moment, knowing that your government recognizes you," Frendt says.
Newlyweds Kelly and Ash Hickman-Freeman just came up from South Carolina to marry in D.C.
"I started crying. I was overwhelmed with emotion," Kelly Hickman-Freeman says. "To go home knowing we'll have federal benefits is the best wedding gift."
There was lots of emotion. It's about time, says Nikita Solberg of Fairfax.
"I was brought up in a very, like 'gays are evil,' so for us to be able to get married is incredible," she says.
Not all were cheering. Ronald Brock says it's another sign of America's moral decay.
"We as a nation have lost our moral marbles," Brock says. "Nobody in their right mind."
And others say the Proposition 8 shootdown is a slap in the face for the democratic process.
"The Supreme Court sent a very dangerous message today that if you cast a ballot for something in five short years, your vote could be thrown out. I think that's a very dangerous message to send," says Jennifer Kerns, spokesperson for Prop 8.
But for most here, it was a very different message - one of hope.