Newlyweds Toasted at SF Gay Pride Parade

City celebrates same-sex marriage, families at annual march
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2008 7:25 PM CDT
A performer participates in San Francisco's 38th annual gay pride parade on Sunday, June 29, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Weeks after wedding bells began tolling for San Francisco's gay couples, revelers had extra reason to celebrate at today’s annual Pride Parade. Thousands watched a procession of kids, drag queens, politicians, and topless men shimmy along Market Street—where a small group of protesters demonstrated against California’s approval of gay marriage.

Revelers were joined by Cyndi Lauper, Margaret Cho, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom—and families with children, who are more common at the parade every year, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. One teen, wearing an “I (heart symbol) my moms” T-shirt, said, “I’m only 13, and I understand Equality. Why doesn’t McCain?”