Governor Andrew Cuomo was the the most popular man at Saturday's 42nd annual gay pride parade, among a sea of men. Cuomo, the Democrat who made same-sex marriage part of his campaign and vehemently led the fight for its approval in the Republican-led Senate, marched alongside Mayor Michael Bloomberg (who, adorably, waved a rainbow flag) and New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn, who is gay. The New York Times said Cuomo, "the parade’s rock star," was eliciting grateful, joyful screams from the crowd throughout his march:
The roar became almost deafening as the parade turned onto Christopher Street in the West Village. People leaned over police barriers to get a glimpse of the governor.<
“Finally we got someone who does what he believes in,” said Chuck Sawyer, 49, a fund-raiser for the American Lung Association, who added that he and his partner would probably get married in late summer. “He’s been doing what he said he’d do. A lot of past governors and even the president haven’t come through. He did."
For his part, the governor said humbly, "New York is the progressive capital of the nation. It’s that once again, and it’s a pleasure to be part of it today.”