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Lesbian March Driven By Joy Over Legalized Same-Sex Marriage

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The city's LGBT community started celebrating the legalization of same-sex marriage on Friday night, and the Pride events continued throughout Manhattan on Saturday. NY1's Erica Ferrari filed the following report.

In Washington Square Park on Saturday, thousands of lesbians turned out to celebrate diversity and pride.

"It's our family. It's a personal, proud family. Everybody that is here feels like a family," said a participant. "So, if you can imagine Thanksgiving without your family and without a turkey. It's a lot bigger than Thanksgiving. It's a holiday."

"How often do you get to be around thousands of lesbians all in the same place? It's kind of exciting to do that," said another. "It's a rare opportunity to share our ability to celebrate in the way we have."

Saturday's annual NYC Dyke March, which started as a reaction to the male dominance of the early gay rights movement, had special significance this year, one day after the passage of the gay marriage bill.

Yet many marchers said the fight is not over.

"One small step for LGBT, one giant step for New York," said a marcher.

Veterans of the Stonewall Riots in 1969, the event that sparked the modern gay rights movement, also gathered in the West Village on Saturday to remember what life was like at that time.

"There were three major laws at the time. One was congregating for immoral purposes. If you had three or more gay people in one place, you were assembling for immoral purposes," said a Stonewall Riots veteran.

"Forty-two years later in New York State [from Stonewall to same-sex marriage passing], it's shameful that it took so long," said another veteran.

However, the LGBT community was grateful for all the strides made since Stonewall.

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