NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Rainbows and good cheer were out in force Sunday as hundreds of thousands of people packed Manhattan’s streets for the annual gay pride parade, just days after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.
Revelers were no longer marching in demand, but rather in declaration of their new freedom, CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reports.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo made use of some newly granted powers by officiating at the wedding ceremony of a same-sex couple in Manhattan in front of the Stonewall Inn, where years ago gay bar patrons stood up to a police raid.
“To have a civil wedding with the Governor at such a historic spot on a historic weekend — meant so much to us,” said Peter Thiede.
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State law did not allow Cuomo to officiate at wedding ceremonies until last week. The authority to do so was granted as part of a slew of legislation passed days ago.