Gay Pride Has a Momentous Weekend

First green card issued to gay couple as pride parades held, anthem turns hit

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 1, 2013 3:33 AM CDT | Updated Jul 1, 2013 5:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – Following last week's Supreme Court decisions, it was a big weekend for gay pride. Two days after the court struck down DOMA, a gay Fort Lauderdale couple was able to get a green card, the Miami Herald reports—making them the first same-sex married couple to do so. Music producer Julian Marsh sponsored a green card for his husband, Traian Popov, who was born in Bulgaria and was in the US on a student visa, Marsh says. The two were married in New York. "Thanks to the Supreme Court we can stay in our home now," says Marsh. Meanwhile:

  • Yesterday saw San Francisco's biggest-ever gay pride parade, with 1.5 million in attendance, USA Today reports. Chicago, Seattle, Minneapolis, and St. Louis were among other cities to hold parades; New York City's found a leader in Edith Windsor, who was behind the anti-DOMA suit. "If somebody had told me 15 years ago that I would be the marshal of New York City's gay pride parade in 2013, at the age of 84, I wouldn't have believed it," she said.
  • Gay marriage is also getting love on the pop charts, thanks to "Same Love," by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. It's the first top-40 song directly supporting same-sex vows, execs and activists tell the New York Times. "This is a song that has the most unequivocal pro-equality message to ever be expressed in a major single, and it’s really reached a wide range of audiences," says a GLAAD rep. "No freedom till we’re equal/ Damn right I support it," Macklemore raps.
  • Meanwhile, the lawyer who argued against Proposition 8 in the Supreme Court says he's planning to expand the effort nationwide, Politico reports. "Our goal is to have marriage equality that’s guaranteed by the US Constitution enforced in every single state in the union," David Boies told CNN yesterday.

Participants ride up Market Street during San Francisco's 43rd annual Gay Pride parade Sunday, June 30, 2013.
Participants ride up Market Street during San Francisco's 43rd annual Gay Pride parade Sunday, June 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A parade onlooker jumps the barricade to grab a photo with a Greater Fort Lauderdale swimsuit model at New York's Annual 2013 Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, June 30, 2013 in New York.
A parade onlooker jumps the barricade to grab a photo with a Greater Fort Lauderdale swimsuit model at New York's Annual 2013 Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, June 30, 2013 in New York.   (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision for Greater Fort Lauderdale/AP Images)
Alan Boyle helps carry a rainbow flag up Market Street during San Francisco's 43rd annual Gay Pride parade on Sunday, June 30, 2013.
Alan Boyle helps carry a rainbow flag up Market Street during San Francisco's 43rd annual Gay Pride parade on Sunday, June 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A musician reads his music while playing in the Chicago Gay Pride Parade in Chicago, Sunday, June 30, 2013.
A musician reads his music while playing in the Chicago Gay Pride Parade in Chicago, Sunday, June 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/Scott Eisen)
Spectators watch the Chicago Gay Pride Parade on Broadway Street in Chicago, Sunday, June 30, 2013.
Spectators watch the Chicago Gay Pride Parade on Broadway Street in Chicago, Sunday, June 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/Scott Eisen)
Proposition 8 plaintiffs Paul Katami, right, and Jeff Zarrillo kiss while riding in San Francisco's 43rd annual Gay Pride parade Sunday, June 30, 2013.
Proposition 8 plaintiffs Paul Katami, right, and Jeff Zarrillo kiss while riding in San Francisco's 43rd annual Gay Pride parade Sunday, June 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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