Days after the dismantlement of the Defense of Marriage Act in a landmark Supreme Court ruling, the celebration is still going strong in the streets of New York City.
Thousands of people flooded Fifth Avenue this afternoon, decked out in every imaginable shade, waving rainbow flags in varying amounts of clothing for the city’s annual gay pride parade. Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case which ultimately led to the dismantlement of DOMA, was among three Grand Marshals who oversaw the proceedings.
Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, who was also on hand, sent the crowd into a fervor as he approached the historic site of the Stonewall Inn at the end of the route. Carrying a megaphone and a massive rainbow flag, Mr. Weiner exuberantly rushed down the street engaging the crowd with his energy and championing gay rights.
Actor Alec Baldwin surprised the country last night by going on a profanity-laced Twitter rant against a Daily Mail reporter, which included physical threats and homophobic insults like “you toxic little queen.”
But given 14 hours to respond, the man Mr. Baldwin has endorsed in the mayor’s race, Bill de Blasio, has had nothing to offer but radio silence. Indeed, the city’s public advocate declined to comment on Mr. Baldwin–who is set to host a widely-touted fund-raising dinner on Mr. de Blasio’s behalf–in-person earlier today.
The father of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s future grandchild was arrested earlier this year for allegedly boating under the influence in Florida, according to police and court records first reported by a South Florida gossip site.
On the defense after the City Council passed a pair of bills designed to curb the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk tactic and other alleged abuses, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today that his critics had it backwards when they accuse the police of stopping too many black and Latino men. In fact, he bluntly declared the opposite to be true if viewed through a lens of who commits murders.
“I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little,” Mr. Bloomberg argued during his Friday morning WOR radio show with John Gambling. “It’s exactly the reverse of what they say. I don’t know where they went to school but they certainly didn’t take a math course. Or a logic course.”