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Outraged Over Roe Ruling, Marchers Return to NYC Pride with New Fervor

Outraged Over Roe Ruling, Marchers Return to NYC Pride with New Fervor

Thousands of people converged in Manhattan on Sunday to take part in New York City’s annual Pride March. Though no less spirited, this year’s event carried the weight of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn of Roe v. Wade, which has left many reeling since it was announced late last week.

Members and allies of LGBTQ+ communities took to the streets to express their indignation at a ruling that ended all federal protections for abortion care. The show of solidarity among marginalized groups from all walks of life served as a powerful visual embodiment of the messaging displayed on countless signs throughout the city: abortion is healthcare, and healthcare is a human right.

“Pride has always gone back and forth between these two things: It’s a riot or a celebration,” said actress and former New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon. “In more recent years, it’s been a celebration, but today, it’s a protest.”

Much of the urgency, fear, and anger at Pride events in New York and beyond stemmed from a concurring opinion written by Justice Clarence Thomas, which identifies other “due process precedents” that he believes the court “should reconsider.” Thomas explicitly targets cases pertaining to birth control access (Griswold v. Connecticut), same-sex sexual conduct (Lawrence v. Texas), and same-sex marriage in (Obergefell v. Hodges), suggesting that the reversal of Roe could lead to further infringements on constitutionally protected rights.

Those devastating implications were top of mind for many present on Sunday. One man, Rick Landman, told The New York Times that he walked in the first Pride March over half a century ago.

“To me, this is a continuation of the civil rights struggle, it’s never been a parade for me,” Landman said. “I fought for women’s rights, the next generation has to fight in order to keep them.

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