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Thousands Celebrate 4th Annual Pride Fest in Springfield

Updated: Monday, May 19 2014, 04:54 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD -- Thousands celebrated the 4th annual Pridefest in the Capital City this weekend.

The first one since the same-sex marriage law passed back in November.

People we talked to say it's a festival to celebrate who you are, just as you are.

People of all ages, colors, and backgrounds came out for the fest. The atmosphere was exciting and the buzz was all about pride and how far we've come.

"The thought of being able to marry my partner never occured to me when I was a teenage kid. There are couples who I know have been together for 55 years and finally, their love is going to be accepted like everybody else's love. But the greatest thing about it is, my 8-month-old baby will grow up in a world where marriage is equal."

The gay marriage bill will go into fill effect June 1. It allows gay couples to get married throughout the state.

Cook and Champaign counties have already legalized it ahead of the official date in June.

Thousands Celebrate 4th Annual Pride Fest in Springfield


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