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Gay marriage ruling celebrated at Stonewall Inn, site of historic NYC riots

NEW YORK — The Landmarks Preservation Commission has voted to consider designating the Stonewall Inn a New York City landmark.

The commission voted unanimously Tuesday to add the property to its calendar.

Designation would grant recognition to a powerful symbol of the gay rights movement. The Greenwich Village tavern would be the first landmark honored specifically for its role in the city’s gay history.

A public hearing is set for June 23.

The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation hailed today’s vote as a long overdue step in preserving an important piece of history.

A June 1969 police raid at the tavern became a formative moment in the gay rights movement. Patrons fought with officers, and several days of demonstrations followed.

It’s already in a historic district. Individual landmarking would add protections.