The LGBT community is waiting for the US Supreme Court’s decision on same sex marriage, but in the meantime, it held its annual Capital Pride Parade, during which a gay couple got wed. According to organizers, the gay pride parade broke not only crowd records but also color boundaries.
George Carrancho and Sean Franklin were the lucky newlyweds. They met in Texas, where same-sex marriage is still illegal and although they reside in New York, they decided to make a statement by wedding in Washington DC. Their marriage was officiated during the parade, on a float.
Thousands of people gathered to take part in the Pride Parade which was celebrated in the Metro’s Red Line, up to Dupont Circle.
The lovely couple doesn’t take this symbol lightly, though, as the responsibility weighs heavily on their shoulders, Carrancho told reproters.
“We’re one of many couples who want to be married and we should be able to get married.”
Participants, spectators and organizers flooded the streets where people in colorful attire were celebrating the freedom of accepting their sexuality. In total, tens of thousands of people marched the 1 ½ mile route crossing the by-now famous gay restaurants and clubs in the city.
The applause and cheering was joined by motorcycle engines soaring and hip-hop songs pounding thrilling rhythms. Aside from the many flags and colorful ribbons, participants also proudly carried signs reading “I love my kids, gay and straight” or “Born this Way”.
The LGBT community has set the tone for the Supreme Court’s announcement in the landmark case that may, if all goes well, legalize gay marriage throughout the United States. Hopefully that will be the case, Franklin says, as all couples, regardless of whether they are heterosexual or homosexual, deserve the opportunity of sharing their love with the rest of the world.
From start to finish, over 150,000 people filled the streets of DuPont Circle, laughing and spraying water guns.
The LGBT community has come a long way and the parade wanted to highlight these achievements. For the first time in history, the Boy Scouts Troops of America lead the parade right after the US Armed Forces color guard, who made their second appearance during the festivities.
More than 35 US states have already legalized gay marriage. At the end of this month, the US Supreme Court will announce its decision.
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