International Gay Pride Day was marked Saturday and Sunday with more than the usual exuberance, especially in the United States, where same-sex marriages had just been legalized the day before. Hundreds of thousands of people packed streets from Chicago to New York City, Seattle to San Francisco, with overall attendance expected in the millions.
Meanwhile, Chilean marchers demanded equal rights for the LGBT – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender –community, as well as a Gender Identity Act and a Ministry for Diversity. In Bogota, they called for a law granting social security and matrimonial rights for gay couples. Christians in South Korea beat drums in protest, and in Turkey police officers turned water cannons and tear gas on marchers, who regrouped a few blocks later and continued their parade without further incident.
Back in the United States, several Republican presidential candidates spoke out against the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling. The Texas attorney general said state workers could legally deny to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if it violated their religious beliefs, while his counterpart in Mississippi halted them outright pending a decision by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Still, at parades and on social media, many people affected by the ruling said the same thing: They never thought they’d live to see this day.