PACIFIC GROVE, Calif.- After today, thirty percent of the gay population in the U.S. is living in a state with marriage equality.
A Central Coast lawyer, Michelle Welsh, has been on the front lines since the beginning of the fight to make that become a reality.
"Going through the experience of having the voters vote on your rights is something you should never have to experience," says Michelle, when referring to how she felt after Proposition 8 passed.
Michelle Welsh is a Civil Rights Attorney, who also happens to be in a thirty-year same sex relationship, and she remembers times when being a lesbian was nearly deemed criminal.
"Before law school, my occupation was a school teacher, and as a teacher in the state I lived in at the time, I was very well aware I could lose my job." says Michelle.
So, Michelle became a lawyer and has worked for the last decade with the American Civil Liberties Union, who handled the various defense of marriage act cases like DOMA.
The Supreme Court's historic decision Wednesday about Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act hits close to home for Michelle.
"When I began law school in 1974 it was to try to use the law to expand Civil Rights and Civil Liberties for all people, so when I see the law actually working to achieve this, it makes it all worth it."