Last week, in two historic decisions, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and cleared the way for California to become the 13th state to allow same-sex couples to marry. This was a day for the history books — a tremendous victory for equality, for the country, and for the tens of thousands of LGBT men and women who serve in the United States military.
We all know the fight isn’t over. Thirty-seven states still bar or don’t recognize marriage equality. And in most states, LGBT Americans can be fired for their sexual orientation. Yet as we bask in these historic decisions, it’s worth acknowledging some of the unsung patriots who carried the torch for the freedom to marry.This article was originally published in HuffPost Gay Voices.