WATCH: Key Players in Wash. Marriage Equality Victory Raise Equality Flag on Space Needle

Seattle's most iconic landmark went red for marriage equality as the city celebrated Pride on Sunday.

BY Sunnivie Brydum

July 01 2013 3:23 PM ET UPDATED: July 02 2013 2:01 PM ET

As Washington residents celebrated Pride on Sunday, Seattle's Space Needle went red for marriage equality — one of just a handful of times the city's iconic landmark has raised an LGBT-related flag. After Space Needle officials refused to fly a rainbow flag last year, they apparently reached a compromise this year, after Washington voters approved marriage equality legislation enacted by the Governor in last November's election.

This year, a group of individuals instrumental in bringing the freedom to marry to Washington State raised a giant flag with a red Human Rights Campaign logo emblazoned across an outline of Washington State. Pride grand marshals Jane Abbot Lighty and her wife, Pete-e Petersen, were the first same-sex couple to legally marry in Washington last year, so it seemed fitting that the octogenarian couple, who've been together for more than 30 years, hoisted the flag to queer the state's most recognizable landmark. 

Watch a video of the momentous event below, then click through to see the stunning photograhs from photographer Nate Gowdy and the Seattle Gay News.

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A flagless Needle.

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