By Pat Loeb
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The National Constitution Center was inviting the LGBT community to celebrate today’s US Supreme Court decision afffirming the right of same-sex couples to marry.
And the NCC, which happens to be hosting an exhibit on the history of gay rights, had to make some quick adjustments to the exhibit in light of today’s ruling.
“Oh, they have changed it!” noted exhibit curator Bob Skiba, who was surprised to see how fast the NCC staff had worked to update a “feedback wall” (top photo) that said the Supreme Court “will decide” a gay marriage case. (Now it says the court “has decided.”)
“The post-it notes are here to let people record their reactions to the decision,” Skiba explained.
(Loeb:) “This is a very lopsided reaction.”
(Skiba:) “I think so. You look at the ‘agree,’ which is a sea of green, and the ‘disagree,’ which is a little tiny puddle of orange.”
Former governor Ed Rendell happened to be among those touring the exhibit today.
“It’s a great decision,” Rendell said, recalling a comment from satirist Kinky Friedman when he ran for office in Texas. “He said, ‘Of course gay people should have the right to marry. Why shouldn’t they be as miserable as the rest of us?’ ”