Gay Rights Movement: A look back

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After the historic Supreme Court decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, we take a look back at the history of the Gay Rights Movement in the US.

Demonstrators carry signs calling for protection of homosexuals from discrimination as they march in a picket line in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, July 4, 1967.
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Demonstrators carry signs calling for protection of homosexuals from discrimination as they march in a picket line in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, July 4, 1967.
In this photo from the mid 1960's provided by Kay Tobin Lahusen, Barbara Gittings and others demonstrates for gay rights in Philadelphia. President Barack Obama's declaration that he supports gay marriage may have lacked the urgency of Kennedy's push for the Civil Rights Act, or the force and finality of the Emancipation Proclamation, but in places key to the history of gay rights, it's being greeted as a major milestone. (AP Photo/Kay Tobin Lahusen)
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In this photo from the mid 1960's provided by Kay Tobin Lahusen, Barbara Gittings and others demonstrates for gay rights in Philadelphia. President Barack Obama's declaration that he supports gay marriage may have lacked the urgency of Kennedy's push for the Civil Rights Act, or the force and finality of the Emancipation Proclamation, but in places key to the history of gay rights, it's being greeted as a major milestone. (AP Photo/Kay Tobin Lahusen)
In this July 4, 1967 file photo Kay Tobin Lahusen, right, and other demonstrators carry signs calling for protection of homosexuals from discrimination as they march in a picket line in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. President Barack Obama's declaration that he supports gay marriage may have lacked the urgency of Kennedy's push for the Civil Rights Act, or the force and finality of the Emancipation Proclamation, but in places key to the history of gay rights, it's being greeted as a major milestone. (AP Photo)
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In this July 4, 1967 file photo Kay Tobin Lahusen, right, and other demonstrators carry signs calling for protection of homosexuals from discrimination as they march in a picket line in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. President Barack Obama's declaration that he supports gay marriage may have lacked the urgency of Kennedy's push for the Civil Rights Act, or the force and finality of the Emancipation Proclamation, but in places key to the history of gay rights, it's being greeted as a major milestone. (AP Photo)
Caption from the December 31, 1971, issue of LIFE. When a bill guaranteeing equal job opportunities for homosexuals stalled in New York City Council last spring, militants demonstrated at City Hall. With fists raised, they shout a football style "Gay Power" cheer at police blocking the building. <br><span>Click here</span> to see the full collection at LIFE.com
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Caption from the December 31, 1971, issue of LIFE. When a bill guaranteeing equal job opportunities for homosexuals stalled in New York City Council last spring, militants demonstrated at City Hall. With fists raised, they shout a football style "Gay Power" cheer at police blocking the building.
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Gay Pride, 1971.<br><br> <a href="http://life.time.com/history/gay-rights-photos-from-the-early-gay-liberation-movement-1971/#ixzz2XLwRXmDY" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Click here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Click here</a> to see the full collection at LIFE.com
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Gay Pride, 1971.

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Gay rights protest, 1971.<br><br> Read more: http://life.time.com/history/gay-rights-photos-from-the-early-gay-liberation-movement-1971/#ixzz2XLvsOoqd
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Gay rights protest, 1971.

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John Noble greets a friend after his wedding to his partner Father Robert M. Clement, at 33 Wooster Street, New York, July 18, 1971. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
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John Noble greets a friend after his wedding to his partner Father Robert M. Clement, at 33 Wooster Street, New York, July 18, 1971. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
Overhead views of wedding ceremony of Father Robert M. Clement and his partner John Noble at 33 Wooster Street in New York, July 18, 1971. Wedding performed by Father Troy Perry, center assisted by Father Robert Weeks and Father Steven Marion. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
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Overhead views of wedding ceremony of Father Robert M. Clement and his partner John Noble at 33 Wooster Street in New York, July 18, 1971. Wedding performed by Father Troy Perry, center assisted by Father Robert Weeks and Father Steven Marion. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
Homosexual rights activists demonstrate in Sheridan Square in New York Greenwich village before beginning a protest march three miles through midtown Manhattan to Columbus circle, Wednesday, June 8, 1977, New York. It was the second night of demonstrations following the repeal of a Dade County, Fla., Homosexual rights law. (AP Photo/Carlos Rene Perez)
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Homosexual rights activists demonstrate in Sheridan Square in New York Greenwich village before beginning a protest march three miles through midtown Manhattan to Columbus circle, Wednesday, June 8, 1977, New York. It was the second night of demonstrations following the repeal of a Dade County, Fla., Homosexual rights law. (AP Photo/Carlos Rene Perez)
Former U.S. representative Bella Abzug addresses a rally in New York City as 3,000 people turn out to protest the repeal of a homosexual rights law in Dade County, Fla., Wednesday night, June 8, 1977. Abzug, a candidate for mayor in New York, urged gay rights activists to undertake a public education program to gain their rights. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)
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Former U.S. representative Bella Abzug addresses a rally in New York City as 3,000 people turn out to protest the repeal of a homosexual rights law in Dade County, Fla., Wednesday night, June 8, 1977. Abzug, a candidate for mayor in New York, urged gay rights activists to undertake a public education program to gain their rights. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)
In a demonstration for gay rights, protestors march through a French Quarter street on their way to the concert hall at which singer Anita Bryant performed in New Orleans, June 18, 1977. (AP Photo/AB)
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In a demonstration for gay rights, protestors march through a French Quarter street on their way to the concert hall at which singer Anita Bryant performed in New Orleans, June 18, 1977. (AP Photo/AB)
Supporters of the Gay Liberation Movement with their signs as they met on the steps of City Hall in Houston, Texas, Jan. 10, 1978. The leaders said that they were meeting to proclaim their civil rights, and not to protest the appearance of Anita Bryant at the American Farm Bureau Federation meeting. There were a few signs of protest against Mrs. Bryant though. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky)
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Supporters of the Gay Liberation Movement with their signs as they met on the steps of City Hall in Houston, Texas, Jan. 10, 1978. The leaders said that they were meeting to proclaim their civil rights, and not to protest the appearance of Anita Bryant at the American Farm Bureau Federation meeting. There were a few signs of protest against Mrs. Bryant though. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky)
Hundreds of Gay Freedom Day Parade participants march through United Nations Plaza, San Francisco, June 25, 1978. The event drew gay and straight sympathizers from all across the nation who gathered to watch 100 decorated floats and about 250 contingencies of banner-carrying chanters. The parade, perhaps the largest in the country for gay rights attracted an estimated 240,000, including paraders, police said. (AP Photo)
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Hundreds of Gay Freedom Day Parade participants march through United Nations Plaza, San Francisco, June 25, 1978. The event drew gay and straight sympathizers from all across the nation who gathered to watch 100 decorated floats and about 250 contingencies of banner-carrying chanters. The parade, perhaps the largest in the country for gay rights attracted an estimated 240,000, including paraders, police said. (AP Photo)
A member of a gay activist group that attempted to block the entrance to the Supreme Courts hauled away by police, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1987, Washington, D.C. Several hundred members of a Gay-Lesbian group in Washington took part in the court civil disobedience. (AP Photo/Scott Stewart)
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A member of a gay activist group that attempted to block the entrance to the Supreme Courts hauled away by police, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1987, Washington, D.C. Several hundred members of a Gay-Lesbian group in Washington took part in the court civil disobedience. (AP Photo/Scott Stewart)
 Participants of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights carry a banner as they parade in front of the White House, Sunday, Oct. 11, 1987, Washington, D.C. U.S. Park Police have estimated that some 50,000 are participating in the march. (AP Photo)
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Participants of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights carry a banner as they parade in front of the White House, Sunday, Oct. 11, 1987, Washington, D.C. U.S. Park Police have estimated that some 50,000 are participating in the march. (AP Photo)
E.G. Smith, left, and his mother, Norma Isaacs, 88, sitting under an umbrella with a sign that reads, "Grandma For Gays," ride past the site of the original Stonewall Inn in New York's Greenwich Village during the annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25, 1989. A record 150,000 people marched down Fifth Avenue, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots which gave birth to the gay rights movement. (AP Photo/Sergio Florez)
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E.G. Smith, left, and his mother, Norma Isaacs, 88, sitting under an umbrella with a sign that reads, "Grandma For Gays," ride past the site of the original Stonewall Inn in New York's Greenwich Village during the annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25, 1989. A record 150,000 people marched down Fifth Avenue, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots which gave birth to the gay rights movement. (AP Photo/Sergio Florez)
Chicago police officers lift Daniel Sotomayor, center, a member of the gay and lesbian community, by his neck as they break up a sit-in and protest in the lobby of City Hall, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 1989, Chicago, Ill. About 20 gay and lesbian rights activists were arrested during the protest. They were protesting Chicago?s record on issues affecting gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Mark Elias)
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Chicago police officers lift Daniel Sotomayor, center, a member of the gay and lesbian community, by his neck as they break up a sit-in and protest in the lobby of City Hall, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 1989, Chicago, Ill. About 20 gay and lesbian rights activists were arrested during the protest. They were protesting Chicago?s record on issues affecting gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Mark Elias)
This view from atop the Washington Monument shows 300,000 people gathered for the National March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights in the U.S. capital, April 25, 1993. People are marching in support of equal rights for homosexuals, including anti-discrimination regulations and an end to the ban on gays in the U.S. military. At the top of the Washington Mall is the Capitol Building. In the foreground is sections of the AIDS Quilt. At the opposite end, top. (AP Photo/Mark Wilson)
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This view from atop the Washington Monument shows 300,000 people gathered for the National March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights in the U.S. capital, April 25, 1993. People are marching in support of equal rights for homosexuals, including anti-discrimination regulations and an end to the ban on gays in the U.S. military. At the top of the Washington Mall is the Capitol Building. In the foreground is sections of the AIDS Quilt. At the opposite end, top. (AP Photo/Mark Wilson)
Participants display signs during the Gay Rights March April 25, 1993 in Washington, DC. Over 500,000 gays, lesbians and bisexual activists and their friends and families participated in the largest gathering of gay men and lesbians in history organized to end discrimination. (Photo by Porter Gifford/Liaison)
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Participants display signs during the Gay Rights March April 25, 1993 in Washington, DC. Over 500,000 gays, lesbians and bisexual activists and their friends and families participated in the largest gathering of gay men and lesbians in history organized to end discrimination. (Photo by Porter Gifford/Liaison)
Marchers carrying a mile-long rainbow banner lead hundreds of thousands of gay rights activists up First Avenue in New York City in "a continuous path of freedom" to Central Park to commemorate Stonewall 25, Sunday, June 26, 1994. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots, considered the birth of the gay rights movement. (AP Photo/Eric Miller)
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Marchers carrying a mile-long rainbow banner lead hundreds of thousands of gay rights activists up First Avenue in New York City in "a continuous path of freedom" to Central Park to commemorate Stonewall 25, Sunday, June 26, 1994. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots, considered the birth of the gay rights movement. (AP Photo/Eric Miller)
San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, right, and San Francisco supervisor Carole Migden, lower right, officiate at a "wedding" ceremony of gay and lesbian couples in San Francisco, Monday morning, March 25, 1996, under a new San Francisco ordinance. Dozens of gay and lesbian couples were united in a symbolic union. Same sex marriages are not honored in California. (AP Photo/Sam Morris)
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San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, right, and San Francisco supervisor Carole Migden, lower right, officiate at a "wedding" ceremony of gay and lesbian couples in San Francisco, Monday morning, March 25, 1996, under a new San Francisco ordinance. Dozens of gay and lesbian couples were united in a symbolic union. Same sex marriages are not honored in California. (AP Photo/Sam Morris)
Don Goodman of Wheat Ridge, Colo., holds up a rainbow-striped flag outside the state Capitol in Denver on Monday, May 20, 1996, where about 1,500 gay-rights advocates gathered to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling that Colorado's Amendment 2 is unconstitutional. The 1992 voter-approved measure made illegal any city or county statutes that protected gays and lesbians from discrimination. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
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Don Goodman of Wheat Ridge, Colo., holds up a rainbow-striped flag outside the state Capitol in Denver on Monday, May 20, 1996, where about 1,500 gay-rights advocates gathered to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling that Colorado's Amendment 2 is unconstitutional. The 1992 voter-approved measure made illegal any city or county statutes that protected gays and lesbians from discrimination. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

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