Celebration at gay pride parade marks marriage bill

One of the world's oldest and largest gay prideparades turned into a carnival-like celebration of same-sex marriage today as hundreds of thousands of revelers rejoiced

MANHATTAN - One of the world's oldest and largest gay prideparades turned into a carnival-like celebration of same-sex marriage today as hundreds of thousands of revelers rejoiced at New York's new law giving gay couples the same marital rights as everyone else.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), who campaigned on the same-sex marriage issue last year, signed it into law Friday.

"New York for many, many years has served as the progressive beacon for this country and passing marriage equality, I think, advances the entire discussion in terms of social justice," he said.

Many people who attended the 41st annual Gay Pride Parade say they hope the right to same-sex marriage will one day be extended nationwide.

Authorities say about 500,000 people lined Manhattan's 5th Avenue for the parade. AP wire services were used in this report.

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