Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered in Greenwich Village Tuesday evening to march to Union Square in support of gay marriage, after California's Supreme Court ruled to uphold a voter-approved ban on gay marriage earlier in the day.
The same court which legalized same sex marriage in California a year ago, ruled Tuesday to uphold Proposition 8, which narrowly passed in November.
However, the judges also decided to recognize the marriages of the approximately 18,000 couples who tied the knot between June and November, before the law took effect.
Rallies were planned in 90 cities, including the one here in New York.
As rain began to fall, protesters gathered in Sheridan Square, near the site of the Stonewall riots that begin the gay rights movement in 1969.
"People are rationalizing their discrimination," said a protester. "They're saying things like, 'Well, that's just my opinion,' or 'Let's agree to disagree.' But it's still discrimination. You're telling someone, 'You can drink at my water fountain but you can't eat at my restaurant.'"
"We're where we are as lesbians and gays because of a movement that we built, And this movement began here on this street," said another protester. "It's affected the whole world, it's affected the society as a whole, and we're here to say that we're going to continue to fight for our rights."
New York's State Senate is considering a same-sex marriage bill that was passed by the Assembly earlier this month.