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NYC crowd celebrates gay marriage ruling


NEW YORK (AP) -- Hundreds have gathered on the New York City block where the gay rights movement was born to celebrate the Supreme Court's decision striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
 
Supporters greeted each other Wednesday with hugs and salutations of "congratulations" as they amassed for a rally organized by GLAAD, one of the country's leading LGBT groups. Dance pop music blasted from speakers on Stonewall Place in the city's Greenwich Village neighborhood.
 
Edith Windsor, the plaintiff who challenged the federal law, was greeted by cheers as she took the stage.
 
 She said she was "honored and humbled and overjoyed to be here." She was interrupted repeatedly by applause from the crowd and chants of "Edie, Edie, Edie."

   AP-WF-06-27-13 0111GMT