NYC Teaching Gay People to Fight Back Against Hate Crimes

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Same-sex marriage supporters shout slogans in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The US Supreme Court on Tuesday takes up the emotionally charged issue of gay marriage as it considers arguments that it should make history and extend equal rights to same-sex couples. Waving US and rainbow flags, hundreds of gay marriage supporters braved the cold to rally outside the court along with a smaller group of opponents, some pushing strollers. Some slept outside in hopes of witnessing the historic hearing.
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Since the cowardly rash of attacks on the city's gay community is still happening, Christine Quinn and the City Council are offering free self-defense classes starting this weekend, stressing prevention but probably not ruling out punches. In addition, openly gay State Senator Brad Hoylman will hold a public forum next week on the city's thirteen-year-old laws against such bigoted assaults, telling the Daily News, "We need to examine whether we're doing everything we can to prevent, report and prosecute hate crimes."