“Any point of view which is opposed to gay rights is a…

“Any point of view which is opposed to gay rights is a wrong point of view, categorically, by fiat and word of God.” – Marc Rubin, June 4, 1971.
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Picture: “GAY POWER TO GAY LOVERS,” Gay Activists Alliance wedding cake, New York City Board of Examiners, New York City, April 1971. Photo by Grey Villet, c/o @life.
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On June 4, 1971, forty-six years ago today, in response to New York City Clerk Herman Katz’s threats of legal action against the performance of same-sex “holy unions” by the Church of the Beloved Disciple, twelve members of the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) zapped (i.e., infiltrated and largely brought a halt to the business of) Katz’s office.
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Specifically, GAA members (including Arthur Evans, Marc Rubin, and Vito Russo) toted a coffee wagon and a large wedding cake (topped with two same-sex couples, pictured) into the City Clerk’s office, announced they would be holding two weddings, and invited city clerical workers to attend. As city workers helped themselves to coffee and cake, Evans took over the office switchboard, informing incoming callers that the Clerk’s office was only issuing same-sex licenses that day.
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While the protest had no immediate impact on city policy, it did get attention from local press, and it illustrated the increasing brazenness of gay activists in confronting city officials. #lgbthistory #HavePrideInHistory #Resist #Pride2017 (at New York, New York)