NY Governor Andrew Cuomo (center, left) and NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn (center, right) march in the New York City Gay Pride March.
Participants in the annual Pride March in New York City celebrated their catalyzing role in marriage equality progress across the country over the past year while recognizing the challenges that remain on the way to securing rights for all LGBT Americans.
An estimated 2 million spectators flooded the streets of Manhattan to watch the march, which has taken place every year since 1970. The event on Sunday was held exactly one year to the day the Marriage Equality Act passed the state legislature, making New York the largest state with a law allowing same-sex couples to marry. Since then, two others states have passed legislation, and President Barack Obama has announced his personal support for marriage equality.