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Thousands Attend Sacramento Gay Pride Parade

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A record number of people came out to downtown Sacramento to show their pride at the annual Sacramento Gay Pride Parade.

As many as 10,000 people filled the streets.

“This is fantastic. This is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to participate in the parade,” said one attendee.

It was a display of diversity in the community.

“This is a place for us to come together and recognize the dignity and respect that all human beings deserve,” said attendee Shara.

Even at 11-years-old, it’s a message that Clara Rivera understands.

“We all deserve equal rights and everyone deserves a right to who they love,” she said.

Michelle Megliorino is in love with a woman, and is waiting for the day she can call her partner her wife.

“One of the first ones, when they get there, I will be there,” she said.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide soon on whether Proposition 8 violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment.

“I’m certainly not a fan of Prop 8 and hopefully the court will vote the right way,” said Phil Serna, Sacramento Board of Supervisors.

“I don’t want to be too optimistic, but I think that we’ll see marriage back in California,” said Shara. “I’m hoping and praying we’ll see marriage sweep the country.”

As some stand on the side of the street showing their support, Megliorino anxiously awaits equality for all.

“Should no one judge what you do with your life. You can’t control who someone loves or falls in love with. Whether same sex or opposite sex, we’re all equal,” said Megliorino.

The pride parade dates back to the original concept 40 years ago.

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