New Yorkers celebrate nationwide marriage ruling with pop-up parties, weddings

Emily Burke, left, and Lindsay Meeks react with hundreds of others gathered during a rally in Greenwich Village to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage, Friday, June 26, 2015, in New York.

Emily Burke, left, and Lindsay Meeks react with hundreds of others gathered during a rally in Greenwich Village to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage, Friday, June 26, 2015, in New York. Julie Jacobson, AP

Emily Burke, left, and Lindsay Meeks react with hundreds of others gathered during a rally in Greenwich Village to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage, Friday, June 26, 2015, in New York. Julie Jacobson, AP

Emily Burke, left, and Lindsay Meeks react with hundreds of others gathered during a rally in Greenwich Village to celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, Friday, June 26, 2015, in New York.

NEW YORK — From pop-up parties to weddings, New Yorkers celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

Within an hour of the ruling, rainbow flags were hanging outside City Hall. Mayor Bill de Blasio officiated at two same-sex weddings on the steps of City Hall on Friday afternoon as hundreds of spectators waving rainbow flags and holding signs looked on. Another couple renewed their vows.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, speaks before officiating the weddings of couples Cindy Jackson, far left, and her partner Denise Niewinski, second from left, Katrina Council, second from right, and her partner Sarah Jones, far right, and a vow renewal for Terrence McNally, third from left, and his partner Thomas Kirdahy, third from right, at City Hall to celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling that now allows same-sex marriage in all 50 states, Friday, June 26, 2015, in New York.Bebeto Matthews, AP

Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, speaks before officiating the weddings of couples Cindy Jackson, far left, and her partner Denise Niewinski, second from left, Katrina Council, second from right, and her partner Sarah Jones, far right, and a vow renewal for Terrence McNally, third from left, and his partner Thomas Kirdahy, third from right, at City Hall to celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling that now allows same-sex marriage in all 50 states, Friday, June 26, 2015, in New York.

Newlyweds Sarah Jones, left, and her partner Katrina Council, second from left, Cindy Jackson, right, and her partner Denise Niewinski, second from right, Terrence McNally, third right, and his partner Thomas Kirdahy, third from left, who renewed their vows, gather together for a selfie after Mayor Bill de Blasio officiated their wedding ceremony at City Hall to celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling that now allows same-sex marriage in all 50 states, Friday, June 26, 2015, in New York.Bebeto Matthews, AP

Newlyweds Sarah Jones, left, and her partner Katrina Council, second from left, Cindy Jackson, right, and her partner Denise Niewinski, second from right, Terrence McNally, third right, and his partner Thomas Kirdahy, third from left, who renewed their vows, gather together for a selfie after Mayor Bill de Blasio officiated their wedding ceremony at City Hall to celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling that now allows same-sex marriage in all 50 states, Friday, June 26, 2015, in New York.

“Today, love wins,” de Blasio said. “What so many of us have believed in for so long – that all people deserve the fundamental right to marry no matter who they love or where they live – that fundamental right has now been affirmed as the law of this nation.”

At the end of the ceremonies, the three couples kissed simultaneously at the mayor’s direction before posing for a group selfie.

Earlier in the day, when de Blasio arrived shortly after the decision was announced, he walked up the steps of City Hall, hugged Councilman Corey Johnson, who is openly gay, and said: “Congratulations, brother.”

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