While many of you are already in holiday mode, the Metro6@7 is here to give you a taste of today's Metro.

BEING A GAY ICON
Metro interviews the amazing Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in the SCOTUS case that made gay marriage legal. He's still coming to grips with being a gay rights icon, he tells us, and is helping mark the 50 years of fighting for LGBT rights.

METRO HAS LATEST on #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches
Six churches. Five states. Seven days. Three of the black church fires are likely arson.

NYC CRIME DOWN

The NYPD crows that crime was down in June. Metro has the stats.

ST. PATS & LGBT NEW YORKERS
Leaders of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade named two new leaders in a move aimed at including more gay and lesbian groups, which until this year had been barred from taking part.

VIEWING FIREWORKS IN STYLE
We found five of the best places to watch the Macy's fireworks in the comfort of a cold drink and great food this Fourth of July.

John A. Oswald is editor-at-large at Metro and can be found on twitter @nyc_oz.

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