Advocates Say NY Gay Marriage Bill Has National Resonance

By David Crary
|  Sunday, Jun 26, 2011  |  Updated 7:10 PM EDT
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Christine Quinn had tears in her eyes as she hugged colleagues.

Christine Quinn had tears in her eyes as she hugged colleagues.

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Although many obstacles still lie ahead, supporters of same-sex marriage hope a historic victory in New York will build momentum for their cause nationwide.

Legislators approved a bill late Friday making New York the sixth — and by far the most populous — state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Activists hope the vote will help convince judges and politicians across the country — including President Barack Obama — that support of same-sex marriage is now a mainstream viewpoint and a winning political stance.

Fred Sainz of the Human Rights campaign says New York's law "sends the message that marriage equality across the country is a question of 'when,' not 'if.'"

Action by Congress or the Supreme Court will likely be needed if same-sex marriage is to be recognized nationally.

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