PHOTOS: New York City Pride / Stonewall 50 March

The New York Daily News reports:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday signed a law banning the so-called “gay panic” defense in New York State, saying it “ends the justification of homophobia.” Cuomo scribbled his John Hancock on Bill A2707 in the thick of the Pride march in Manhattan as members from the LGBTQ cheered alongside him.

“New York has always been the heart of the LGBT equality movement,” he said. “It started at Stonewall, it started when we hosted the first Pride Day ever. And we’ve kept that legacy alive.”

The gay and trans “panic defense” is a legal strategy that allows the defendant to justify murder by claiming they acted in response to learning about the victim’s sexual orientation.

Starting with a 10am press conference at the Empire State Building, this year I only lasted for about four hours of the predicted nine hours of the parade, which kicked off at 12:15PM – meaning the last group won’t cross the finish line until after dark. Ow, my feet.