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San Antonio gay pride parade surges after rulings

Published On: Jun 30 2013 01:31:33 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 30 2013 01:48:32 PM CDT

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -

(AP) - Organizers of San Antonio's gay pride festival say they had record attendance this weekend, on the heels of two Supreme Court rulings celebrated by gay-rights advocates.

About 5,000 people attended the Pride Bigger Than Texas festival Saturday, with another 15,000 people estimated to have watched a race with men who wore high heels before a parade.

An organizer for the advocacy group Get Equal TX tells the San Antonio Express-News (http://bit.ly/117JeT8 ) that the recent Supreme Court rulings have added "some energy in the air."

The court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, and effectively allowed same-sex marriages in California to continue.