Nearly 42 years to the day since the Stonewall Riots of June 27, 1969, New York State becomes the 6th and largest state to legalize gay marriage. Congratulations, New York! (and thanks to all the straight folks around the country helping celebrate by playing with their 4th of July fireworks already.)
civilrights.org, Stonewall Riots: The Beginning of the LGBT Movement
(June 22, 2009 – Posted by Dayo Adiatu) This Sunday, June 28, will mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the event largely regarded as a catalyst for the LGBT movement for civil rights in the United States. The riots inspired LGBT people throughout the country to organize in support of gay rights, and within two years after the riots, gay rights groups had been started in nearly every major city in the United States.
At the time, there were not many places where people could be openly gay. New York had laws prohibiting homosexuality in public, and private businesses and gay establishments were regularly raided and shut down.
In the early hours of June 28, 1969, a group of gay customers at a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village called the Stonewall Inn, who had grown angry at the harassment by police, took a stand and a riot broke out. As word spread throughout the city about the demonstration, the customers of the inn were soon joined by other gay men and women who started throwing objects at the policemen, shouting “gay power.”