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Quinn Rebukes Carriage Industry After Driver Hurls Slurs

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City Room (The New York Times)
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July 18, 2012

The City Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn, has been a staunch supporter of New York City’s horse-drawn carriage industry, which has come under fierce criticism from animal rights advocates who believe it should be shut down.

But on Tuesday, Ms. Quinn issued a strong rebuke to the industry after the tennis player Martina Navratilova wrote her a letter calling on her to support a ban on the carriages not only to prevent animal cruelty, but also as a matter of protecting gay rights.

In a letter on Monday, Ms. Navratilova described an episode last month on the weekend of the city’s gay pride celebration, caught on video, in which a driver uttered anti-gay and racist slurs at a group of women who were handing out leaflets near a row of horse-drawn carriages.