Pride parades held across US under shadow of court threat to same-sex marriage


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Pride parades held across US under shadow of court threat to same-sex marriage
Marchers look to both celebrate LGBTQ community and make statement days after conservative justice signaled that court could reverse 2015 decision recognizing gay marriage
26 June 2022

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s annual Pride parade kicked off Sunday with glittering confetti, cheering crowds, fluttering rainbow flags, and newfound fears about losing freedoms won through decades of activism. The annual marches in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and elsewhere are taking place just two days after one conservative justice on the Supreme Court signaled, in a ruling on abortion, that the court should reconsider the right to same-sex marriage recognized in 2015.

“We’re here to make a statement,” said 31-year-old Mercedes Sharpe, who traveled to Manhattan from Massachusetts. “I think it’s about making a point, rather than all the other years, like how we normally celebrate it. This one’s really gonna stand out. I think a lot of angry people, not even just women, angry men, angry women.” Thousands of people — many decked in Pride colors — lined the parade route through Manhattan, cheering as floats and marchers passed by. The warning shot from the nation’s top court came after a year of legislative defeats for the LGBTQ community, including the passage of laws in some states limiting the discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity with children.