On the heels of a landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage in the United States cities across the world erupt in rainbow colors to celebrate gay pride. Elly Park reports.
Thousands gather in cities across the world to celebrate gay pride
From Mexico City to Manila love was in the air as equal rights supporters marched to celebrate Gay Pride, days after a landmark declaration by the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage across America.
In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo performed a same sex wedding ceremony outside the Stonewall Inn, the bar considered the birthplace of the U.S. gay rights movement.
Thousands came out in Berlin, Germany where same-sex marriage is not legal yet, to march in what is known locally as Christopher Street Day.
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“I think it is scandalous that the most right-wing party in the U.S., the Republicans, are further ahead than the Christian Democrats here in Germany.”
Approximately 7,000 marched through the streets of Seoul, South Korea despite health fears caused by the outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome.
But revelers were met by a huge crowd of anti-gay protesters condemning the march.
In Istanbul, Turkey rubber pellets and water cannons were fired at gay rights supporters.
While the annual parade here is recognized as the largest of the Muslim world, this year it was held during the holy month of Ramadan, causing upset among many conservative Muslims.
Homosexuality, unlike in most other Muslim countries, is not a crime in Turkey, but homophobia remains widespread.