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Gay rights pioneers revel in progress of gay marriage

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USA TODAY
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March 11, 2013
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They are in their mid-60s now — about the average age of a Supreme Court justice.

But in 1969, at a seedy Greenwich Village bar called the Stonewall Inn, they were rebellious gays and lesbians who lit a fuse that has burned ever since — and is about to reach the nation's highest court.

Then, it was a battle for basic human dignity – the right to gather in public without being harassed. Today, it's a battle for perhaps the last major right still denied: marriage.