How many parades feature successful Supreme Court litigants? Or signs about federal statutes?
But New York City’s Gay Pride March, held every year on the last Sunday in June, is no ordinary parade. Here are some photos I took yesterday that the legal nerds among you might appreciate….
Edith Windsor, the victorious plaintiff in United States v. Windsor, the DOMA case, served as one of three grand marshals for the parade. As she told the New York Times, “I never dreamed I would be the grand marshal. I don’t know how to describe it. It’s really an experience for this old lady.”
Windsor received lots of love along the way. Here are two more signs celebrating the demise of DOMA — section 3, at least, the provision regarding federal benefits — and thanking Windsor for her role in making history (again, click to enlarge):
Especially grateful for the presence of Edie Windsor was Christine Quinn, the New York City Council Speaker who is running to become NYC’s first woman and first gay mayor. Windsor endorsed Quinn enthusiastically, declaring that “I am endorsing Chris with my whole heart. I think we have to make her the next mayor.”
Quinn is not a lawyer, but she’s married to one: her wife, Kim Catullo, chairs the products liability practice at Gibbons. And Catullo wasn’t the only high-powered lesbian lawyer at the parade. Also present was Roberta Kaplan, the Paul Weiss partner who successfully represented Windsor before the Supreme Court.
Speaking of Edie Windsor, let’s see more of her fans — in more ways than one….