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Hundreds Attend Charlottesville Pride Festival

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Hundreds were in Lee Park on Saturday for the annual Charlottesville Pride Festival. The event is only in its second year. But it attracted increasing numbers of participants and vendors who support the gay and lesbian community.

However, recent Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage made this year's event different.

"That's what this is all about, is to learn to accept one another for who we are and it's all about love," said festival attendee Delta Fairchild.

"Love Wins" was the theme of the festival.

For participants like Fairchild, that "love" is her same-sex partner who - one day - she would like to make her wife.

"Our country is starting to learn. We are people too and we should have the same rights as anyone else," Fairchild said.

Members of the lesbian and gay community say they have a lot to celebrate after this year's Supreme Court rulings in support of same-sex marriage.

"Everybody's happy and I don't think you'll see anyone at the Pride Festival is not smiling," said festival organizer Lisa Green.

But for these participants fighting for equality, that joy would be greater if Virginia recognized same-sex marriages.

"We don't have laws in Virginia that protect us from being fired we don't have health care benefits in Virginia," Green said.

Organizers say "love" will help them conquer the hurdles they face, and help the festival continue to grow.

The number of vendors almost doubled from last year's festival. There was so much growth organizers said they may have to move the site next year.

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