New Yorkers celebrate DOMA’s demise at Stonewall Inn

(Credit: Alison Bowen)
Credit: Alison Bowen

New Yorkers gathered at Stonewall Inn, the historical landmark of the gay-rights movement, on Wednesday night to cheer the dismantling of DOMA.

Strangers shared hugs, children waved equal-sign flags and bottles of champagne sat open on the street as dozens of people stood outside, celebrating.

Marni Halasa navigated the crowd in a wedding dress, describing herself as a political performance artist.

“It’s been a long time coming,” she said of the Supreme Court decision.

Nick Accrocco, visiting from Houston, came downtown from a friend’s apartment in Hell’s Kitchen to check out the festivities.

“This is a big night for us,” he said, calling the atmosphere “wonderful” before ducking into Stonewall Inn.

For Lance and Mike Maxwell, the vote was personal – the two moved from Los Angeles after gay marriage was no longer legal, arriving in New York in 2009.

“It killed me,” Lance Maxwell said. “We didn’t feel welcome there anymore.”

The couple has been together for 34 years.

They told Metro of finding out in 2008 that voters in California had reversed the state legalization of gay marriage.

“He asked, ‘Are we still married?’” remembered Mike Maxwell. “I said, ‘I don’t know.’”

A woman interrupted to congratulate the couple, saying she had arrived solo in honor of two brothers who died of AIDS.

“I’m here,” she said, “they’re with me.”

Follow Alison Bowen on Twitter @reporteralison


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

10 green ideas for New York City this…

This Earth Day, pundits share their ideas to better green New York City.

Local

Carriage horse activists picket Liam Neeson's UWS home

Several dozen picketers lined the sidewalk outside of Liam Neeson's Upper West Side apartment building on Saturday to protest the actor's support of the New…

Local

Former cop shoots wife in front of children…

Former cop Kevin Canty, 43, was arrested over the weekend after police say he shot and killed his wife in their Ozone Park home.

Local

Two young children killed in deadly Queens fire

Two 4-year-old children died after a blaze at their Far Rockaway home on Saturday night. The Queens fire injured three others, including a third sibling.

Television

'Orphan Black' recap: Episode 1, ‘Nature Under Constraint…

Welcome to your first Season 2 “Orphan Black” recap! Hopefully Tatiana Maslany can help Tatiana Maslany get through this, with the help of Tatiana Maslany,…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

NBA

Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

Parenting

Is camp right for introverts?

We ask an expert for tips on sending your introverted child to camp

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.