Over The Rainbow

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Champagne corks popped, rainbow flags flapped and crowds embraced and danced in the streets of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village as New York became the sixth and largest state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill shortly before midnight Friday, almost 42 years to the day that the modern-day gay rights movement was born amid violent encounters between police and gay activists at the Stonewall Inn.

Hundreds who gathered inside and outside the landmark Stonewall Inn (bottom pic) erupted in celebration after the Republican-led state Senate cast the decisive vote.

NY Legalises Gay Marriage 42 Years After Stonewall (AP)

New York Passes Gay Marriage (Gawker)

Stonewall riots?