PHOTOS: Marriage Equality, One Year Later, Marked at NYC Pride
BY Julie Bolcer
June 25 2012 8:39 AM ET
Grand marshals included Cyndi Lauper (pictured above), who was accompanied by marchers from her True Colors Fund for homeless LGBT youths; Connie Kopelov and Phyllis Siegel, the first same-sex couple to be married in New York City; and Kiehl’s president Chris Salgrado. Hundreds of organizations represented issues including HIV/AIDS, LGBT seniors and, for the first time, members of the military serving openly since the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in September.
Teams of volunteers heavily promoted the president’s record in New York City and other locations, with The New York Times reporting that Pride events this season “could have been confused for Obama campaign rallies.” The campaign is seeking to capitalize on the contrast with the LGBT stances of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who supports a federal constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality. One Democratic consultant said, “It’s like shooting fish in a barrel this year.”