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3 Lessons For Nonprofits After Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 26:  Robert Oliver and Mark Heller (R) hold hands, draped in flags, as they celebrate the Supreme C
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 26: Robert Oliver and Mark Heller (R) hold hands, draped in flags, as they celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage on June 26, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. The Supreme Court ruled today that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry nationwide without regard to their state's laws. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

The Supreme Court’s freedom-to-marry ruling was a momentous and inspiring win not just for gay people and our loved ones but also for America, a giant leap forward on our journey to a more perfect union.

The decision not only required the freedom to marry throughout the land but signaled that it is time to end the "gay exception" to the law in all other areas. And while its overdue arrival may have felt like a "thunderbolt of justice" with accelerating momentum, in President Obama’s words, this transformative triumph was in fact the result of long, hard, and tenacious work over many decades.

There has been an extraordinary amount of interest in understanding how the freedom-to-marry movement came so far, ostensibly so fast.

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