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

Demonstrators gather at a rally in Greenwich Village to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage, Friday, June 26, 2015, in New York.
Demonstrators gather at 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

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Said another openly gay councilman, Daniel Dromm, who has been a voice in New York’s LGBT community for decades: “For me, I’ve been involved in the movement for 42 years and I never thought I’d live to see the day that this would happen in the United States of America, so everything is possible and I think today’s decision really affirms that.”

New York is one of 36 states, plus the District of Columbia, where gay and lesbian couples could already marry. In 2011, state legislators passed the Marriage Equality Act.

A young girl rides on her father's shoulders as they arrive at a rally celebrating the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage, Friday, June 26, 2015, in New York.
A young girl rides on her father’s shoulders as they arrive at a rally celebrating the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, Friday, June 26, 2015, in New York. Julie Jacobson, AP

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Friday that marriage was a “fundamental right that should be afforded to everyone, regardless of whom they love.”

“Dividing people into first- and second-class citizens is not only wrong, it runs contrary to who we are as a nation,” he said. “From Stonewall to Edie Windsor, New Yorkers have always been on the front lines of the fight to ensure equality and families for all.”

Windsor was the plaintiff in an earlier Supreme Court case that struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Stonewall Inn's bartender who goes by the single name of Tree, far left, is interviewed while a couple, right, requesting anonymity, kiss outside the iconic Greenwich Village bar, Friday, June 26, 2015, in New York.
Stonewall Inn’s bartender who goes by the single name of Tree, far left, is interviewed while a couple, right, requesting anonymity, kiss outside the iconic Greenwich Village bar, Friday, June 26, 2015, in New York. “I was here dancing with my friends the day of the rebellion when the cops raided the place,” said Tree about 1969 event credited for igniting the gay rights movement. Bebeto Matthews, AP

An enthusiastic crowd Friday evening packed into the Stonewall Inn, the Greenwich Village bar where resistance to a police raid sparked the modern gay rights movement. Stonewall was made a city landmark on Tuesday, the first time a site has been named primarily because of its significance to the LGBT history.

Rick Gerson, meanwhile, planned for a momentous occasion of his own – his wedding to his longtime partner, Frank Dano, on Long Island.

“I’m amazed and somewhat speechless,” Gerson said as he prepared for his big day.

The certified public accountant originally from Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, said he met Dano – a nursing home administrator from Island Park, New York – through an online dating service in 2004. They picked Friday, the 11th anniversary of their first date, to get married, not knowing the Supreme Court would issue its ruling the same day.

About 230 guests are expected at The Sands at Atlantic Beach facility for the evening ceremony, Gerson said. He said a lifelong friend of Dano’s would be officiating at the ceremony and expected that the Supreme Court ruling would be mentioned during the service.

“We never expected to share our wedding day with this amazing day in history,” Gerson said. “We’re just so thrilled that all our brothers and sisters across the nation will be able to do the same thing. It’s a long time coming.”

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