The White House was illuminated in
rainbow colors on Friday to celebrate the Supreme Court's landmark
ruling striking down state bans on gay marriage.
Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to
President Barack Obama, said in tweet that the Gay Pride illumination
“reflects what we always knew in our hearts.”
In a statement, the White House said:
“Tonight, the White House was lit to demonstrate our unwavering
commitment to progress and equality, here in America and around the
world. The pride colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community,
and tonight, these colors celebrate a new chapter in the history of
American civil rights.”
According to CNN, the display attracted
a sizeable crowd.
“It's huge,” said
Kevin Barragan. “Symbols are really important, especially for
young people who are coming to terms with their identities.”
Other landmarks lit in rainbow colors
were One World Trade Center, Niagara Falls, and several city halls,
including those in San Francisco and Denver.