Jubilant New York crowds celebrate gay marriage ruling at pride march
Hundreds of thousands of jubilant gay rights supporters were expected on New Yorkâ€™s streets Sunday for the annual Gay Pride March, just two days after the US Supreme Courtâ€™s landmark ruling to legalize gay marriage.
Described by organizers as New Yorkâ€™s most historic Pride march since the event began in 1970, record numbers of people could pour into the city to celebrate, with the weather forecast to be mostly warm and sunny.
â€œThis is a truly historic moment for the LBGT community in the country; itâ€™s something weâ€™ve been waiting for a long time,â€ NYC Pride spokesman James Fallarino told Newsday.
When New York state legalized gay marriage in 2011, a record two million people joined the march, he said.
â€œJust with this news, itâ€™s going to be bigger,â€ Fallarino said. â€œWe do expect some surprise folks to show up â€¦ You'll see some pretty famous people.â€
The Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal throughout the nation Friday, capping a lengthy effort for marriage equality that had seen 37 states allow gay marriage but 13 hold out against it.
Organizers said on Twitter they would be performing free weddings during the day.
New Yorkâ€™s march begins at noon (1600 GMT) and will be led by Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen, two of Britainâ€™s most famous openly gay actors. Throngs of rainbow-flag
waving celebrants are expected to line the streets to watch them lead the parade.
San Francisco is also hosting a huge gay pride parade this weekend. One spectator was injured there Saturday night in a shooting that stemmed from an argument unrelated to the event.
New Yorkâ€™s first gay rights march was held in 1970, a year after a now notorious incident in which police raided a famed Greenwich Village gay bar called the Stonewall Inn,
prompting riots in the gay community.
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