New Yorkers celebrate nationwide marriage ruling with pop-up parties, weddings
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.
By MICHAEL BALSAMO | Associated Press
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. Photo: Julie Jacobson, AP
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.
“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.”