June 26th, 2011
12:59 PM ET

Cheering new marriage law during New York pride parade

Forty-two years after a police raid sparked rioting and perhaps the birth of the American gay rights movement, New Yorkers geared up for the city's annual pride parade Sunday in what many expect to be a celebration of same-sex couples' newly-acquired right to wed.

The parade is expected to meander along Manhattan's Fifth Avenue and pass the famous Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village where the rioting took place in 1969. The parade was set to begin at noon ET.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Friday that made New York the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage. The new law more than doubles the number of Americans living in states that permit such unions.

The measure will take effect 30 days after it was signed, providing same-sex couples with new rights that include employer health benefits, inheritance laws and a host of new tax benefits.

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    gross... why do we have to have rights "special rights" for certain people... if your gay your gay.. who cares..

    June 26, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • nicole

      Gay people are not asking for "special rights" just equal rights.

      June 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT

    btw.. i think this is somehow all the teletubbies fault...

    June 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    They had to have the law because they couldn't get married without changing a law that said that they couldn't.
    It's not a "special" right, and you know that.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    It in no way affects my straight marriage if two guys down the street are married.
    Unless they're fun, they won't be invited over.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT

    we i love my camaro... so i think i should be able to marry it... and i should be able to have it covered under my health care...

    this whole gay arrage thing is just so they can rip off the insurance companies..
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    June 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • nicole

      Your camaro is not a person. Two tax paying citizens should have the right to marry if they wish to.

      And by the way straight people scam insurance companies all the time.

      June 26, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mylifemyway

    Uh... Ruffnut, insurance companies already cover domestic partners. Your camero can't consent to marriage. All that has changed is a contract so what's the big deal?

    June 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      i bought a computer brain just like knight riders "kitt" so my car can..once the brain is installed..

      once married and i have health care insurace on it i will get it cured of cancer AKA "rust" ...

      June 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT

    NOTHING I GUESS...but!!! they should just have the condition that it is called "unholy matramony"
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    btw how do gay guys fake orgasms? they spit on each others back...

    June 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    Ruffie....*sigh*

    We all know you're already married to your cars....

    June 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RUFFNUTT

    if i could pick any car to marry... it would be a 69 trans am convertible with a 4speed...

    June 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    A stick shift, Ruffie?
    Do you have tendencies we need to know about?

    Although that *is* a bad ass car!

    June 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT

    the 4 speed is better cause you can cruise at low speed and here the engine lug down low...

    June 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. irock

    Yes i dooo!

    June 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    I love my dog joey and with the cost of vet bills i should be able to marrie him so he can have the same benefits as gay people

    June 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      YES!! but you will have to move to a democratic state...

      all they are doing is making sure the repulicians win in 2012..

      June 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy

    @Ruffie:
    That's not what I meant, and you know it, ya little stinker!

    June 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      the reason i can run faster than most women is cause i have a stick shift and 2 ballbearings

      June 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RagingSemi

    So now that marriage is legal is there really still a need for ridiculous @ss gay pride parades?

    June 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
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