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New Yorkers march for US gay rights before hearings

Published on Mar 25, 2013 6:05 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - Several hundred people marched in New York on Sunday to support the legalisation of gay marriage, two days before the US Supreme Court is due to examine the issue.

The protest began in front of the Stonewall Inn, a renowned bar where a gay rights revolt got underway in 1969, and ended with a rally in Washington Square in the neighborhood of Greenwich Village.

Activists said other marches were taking place in scores of cities. New York has allowed same-sex unions since 2011, but federal law still refuses to recognise them.

"I see the light at the end the tunnel," said Cathy Marino-Thomas, co-president of gay rights group Marriage Equality USA. She was speaking ahead of hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Supreme Court reviewing two separate cases that will throw the legality of gay marriage into the spotlight.

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