Thousands of New Yorkers show off their rainbow colors in the annual gay pride march, along with New York politicians like Governor Andrew Cuomo. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: New Yorkers demonstrated their gay pride on Sunday (June 29) during the annual gay pride march as Manhattan's famed Fifth Avenue took on a rainbow of colors. The parade was one of many being held around the world. In New York, it marked 45 years since the Stonewall riots against police raids on gay bars, which helped usher in the gay rights movement in the United States. The parade route passed by the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan. The bar was the epicenter of the riots. New York politicians walked in the march including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo used the event to discuss his state's efforts in dealing with the HIV/AIDS crisis and said New York was "ground zero" for the epidemic when it first started several decades ago. "New York was the hardest hit," Cuomo said. "I think it's fitting that New York should then be the state that is the most aggressive in eradicating this disease and actually ending this disease." The parade comes just days after the anniversary of a Supreme Court ruling that on the Defense of Marriage Act which struck down a statute that denied federal recognition to same-sex marriages. Since the ruling, seven more states have legalized same-sex marriages, bringing the total to 19 and Washington, D.C.