More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Marriage in the District Turns One
And while the tone of the event was celebratory, many of the spokespersons—who were among the first couples to marry in the District—encouraged attendees to continue to push for equality, especially as their neighbors in Maryland continue to advocate for the same type of relationship recognition.
The event, sponsored by GLAAD, the Campaign for All DC Families, Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign, celebrated the continued efforts of the organizations to preserve marriage equality in the District but also served as a community call to action to keep up the work.
“We must continue to push for equality until marriage equality is a reality across the country and even the world,” Rev. Darlene Carter told the audience.
Other couples including Rocky and Reggie Stanley-Galloway, Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills, the third and fifth couples to apply for marriage licenses respectively, also shared their stories about their love and commitment and the importance of having their relationships recognized where they live.
To see photos from last night’s event, please visit GLAAD’s Flickr page.