Throngs of marchers hoisting signs and rainbow flags made their way down Fifth Avenue, West 8th Street and Christopher Street Sunday for New York City’s Gay Pride March.
Edith Windsor, the plaintiff who filed the lawsuit that led to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act this week, will be among the grand marshals for this year’s New York City Gay Pride parade.
Crowds rallied in the West Village Wednesday, celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday striking down a provision of a federal law that denied federal benefits to gay married couples.
The Supreme Court has issued a pair of significant but incomplete victories for supporters of gay marriage.
Justices heard arguments Wednesday in a New York City woman’s case that challenges the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
The plaintiff in the case is Edith Windsor, who lived with her partner Thea Spyer in New York City for more than four decades and was forced to pay $363,053 in estate taxes when Spyer died in 2009 because DOMA didn’t recognize their marriage.
The decision upholds a lower court judge who ruled that the 1996 law that defines marriage as involving a man and a woman was unconstitutional.