NEW YORK — The 84-year-old New York woman at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court decision granting gay couples federal marriage benefits is a grand marshal of the city’s gay pride march.
Edith Winsor plans to walk up Fifth Avenue starting at noon. It’s been 44 years since the city held its first pride march. But it’s only days since the Supreme Court used Windsor’s lawsuit to strike down the provision of an act that defined marriage as only between a man and a woman.
Also serving as this year’s grand marshal is musician and activist Harry Belafonte.
The third grand marshal is Earl Fowlkes, head of the Center for Black Equity, which works in the African-American lesbian, gay and transgender community.
This year’s theme is titled “Rain to Rainbows.”
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