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Disrupt Traffic With Gay Rights Rally

July 2, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ Hundreds of people protesting the Supreme Court decision upholding state sodomy laws snarled traffic in Greenwich Village and pledged to cause more disruptions during the Fourth of July weekend.

″We’ve been polite for too long, and now is the time for action,″ rally organizer Darrell Wates-Rist told the crowd Tuesday night.

The organizers promised a demonstration on Independence Day. A flyer distributed at the rally said homosexual activists would ″disrupt traffic, snarl subways and show our rage″ during the celebrations.

″We’re going to stop July Fourth,″ said Nancy Langer, assistant director of the Lambda Legal Defense Fund. ″We all know what’s going to happen July Fourth. (U.S. Chief Justice) Warren Burger will be in town.″

Burger sided with the majority that ruled this week that the Constitution does not protect the right of consenting adults to perform certain sexual acts.

State Human Rights Commissioner Douglas White told the crowd the decision was ″in keeping with Gestapo or KGB tactics.″

″Any person suspected of deviant sexual activity would be fair game for overzealous police officers and spiteful neighbors,″ he said.

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