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Americans exude joy on Gay Pride Day after court ruling

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Americans marked Gay Pride Day this year with an extra measure of gusto, turning out en masse at Sunday’s festivities in New York and other cities to celebrate the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country.

Two days after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, Governor Andrew Cuomo kicked off the New York City celebration by officiating at the marriage of two men outside of the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village gay bar that is considered the birthplace of the U.S. gay rights movement.

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“I want you to know I’m a little nervous today – it’s my first marriage,” he joked before marrying a couple in front of a crowd of several dozen onlookers.

Earlier this month, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission granted official landmark status to the Stonewall, site of a June 1969 riot that galvanized the then-incipient gay rights movement.

After Sunday’s ceremony, one of the men called Cuomo an “LGBT hero” and said the experience was “a dream come true.”

Tens of thousands of people were expected to attend gay-pride parades in Chicago, San Francisco and Minneapolis, culminating a weekend of festivities in those cities.

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The court ruled on Friday that the Constitution’s guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban marriages between two men or two women. With the landmark ruling, marriage becomes legal for all people in all 50 states.

Cuomo said New York’s early progressive stance on gay rights made gay marriage a reality.

“New York was the laboratory. And you know what? The sky didn’t fall,” he said.

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A short time later, thousands of people lining Fifth Avenue reveling in a sea of rainbow flags cheered and shouted as dozens of colorful floats and costumed marchers in the New York City Gay Pride Parade passed by in a jubilant procession.

“It’s awesome, there’s more people, it’s more animated this year, people are more excited this year,” said Aaron Seide, a 24-year-old retail worker from Westchester County whose cheeks were covered with rainbow-colored sprinkles.

On a street corner, four men and women carried banners with messages in opposition to gay rights.

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“Are you on the highway to Heaven or hell?” read one. “Know the God of your Bible,” read another.

(Editing by Matthew Lewis)


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Pulitzer Prize-winner reveals why the White House thinks Trump’s Ukraine scandal ‘can be spun as positive’

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Despite the growing movement for impeachment, advisors to President Donald Trump believe the bombshell reports about soliciting foreign election interference from Ukraine can be "spun as a positive" for the president's 2020 re-election campaign.

Ashley Parker, a White House reporter for The Washington Post, was interviewed about the thinking of Trump's advisors by MSNBC's Steve Kornacki on Monday.

"This is a White House, a Trump White House, that is used to being under siege. There was of course the two-and-a-half-year saga with the Mueller investigation culminating in the Mueller report, Mueller’s testimony recently. There have been a million other controversies, flare-ups, moments when the White House was forced to defend a comment from the president, allegation against the president, these sorts of things," Kornacki noted.

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Pelosi may start ‘Select Panel’ for Trump impeachment after latest Ukraine bombshells: report

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"As House Democrats find themselves once more navigating the tricky politics of impeachment, a new idea is being floated by several members: creating a select panel of members that would handle those responsibilities," The Daily Beast reported Monday evening. "A senior Democratic aide tells The Daily Beast that the idea of a select panel has 'been raised by some members' as a way to consolidate impeachment proceedings around Donald Trump."

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Latest Democrat to back impeachment did so live on MSNBC: ‘We have no choice’

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Yet another Democrat is backing impeachment following the latest revelations that Donald Trump allegedly solicited foreign election interference from Ukraine in return for military aid.

The movement for impeachment grew significantly on Monday.

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