25 Jun '11, 12pm

Thousands celebrate NY legalisation of gay marriage

NEW YORK - STREET parties broke out in traditionally gay Manhattan neighbourhoods overnight on Friday to Saturday, as crowds danced, kissed and hugged to celebrate the legalisation of gay marriage in New York state. Police closed the corner of Christopher Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan's West Village to traffic, as throngs congregated near the Stonewall Inn, where riots broke out on June 28, 1969 after police raided the bar frequented by gay customers. The incident is seen as the birth of the modern gay rights movement. 'I'm ecstatic. I was waiting 30 years for that moment,' said Frank Frederick, a 52-year-old doorman outside one of the bars that caters mainly to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community lining the street. Mr Frederick said he married his now ex-partner in a Catholic ceremony officiated by a sympathetic priest, but lived his 14-year 'mar...

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