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John Lewis’ Motorcade Pauses in Rainbow Intersection in Honor of His Early Support for LGBTQ Rights

Photo: Screenshot/11 Alive

The hearse caring civil rights icon Representative John Lewis, who passed away on July 17, paused in the intersection of Atlanta’s rainbow crosswalks at 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue in remembrance of his early support for LGBTQ rights movement.

A crowd had gathered at the intersection to honor the late stalwart.

You can view the Congressman’s funeral motorcade below. The pause at 10th and Piedmont occurs around the 12 minute mark.

As an early supporter of LGBTQ rights, Representative Lewis opposed the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act saying “This is a mean bill, it is cruel. This bill seeks to divide our nation, turn Americans against Americans, to seed fear, hatred, and intolerance. This bill denies gay men and women the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Marriage is a basic human right. You cannot tell people they cannot fall in love.”

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