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Photos: Hundreds Gather in WeHo with Prop 8 Plaintiffs & Lawyers to Celebrate Judge's Ruling

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About 300 people gathered in West Hollywood Park Wednesday night to celebrate the federal ruling in favor of gay marriage. The American Foundation of Equal Rights, which brought forward the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger, hosted the event, bringing together the plaintiffs, lawyers, politicians and celebrities. About a dozen people spoke -- all with smiles, some with tears -- about the huge step that was just taken. But they warned it was only a step.

"So long as a person can be fired for being gay, or a kid can be threatened at school because of her sexual orientation, we will not have crossed the finish line," said L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who opened the ceremony.

Despite the very long road ahead, lawyer David Boies who represented Vice President Al Gore in the Supreme Court case against George Bush, summed up how difficult he sees the fight from here on out for proponents of Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California.