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Same-Sex Marriage Vote Rings Loud In Queens

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The outcome of the same-sex marriage vote was closely watched Friday night by a community in Queens that is home to the city's second largest gay population. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.

It may not have been the largest celebration for the passage of the gay marriage bill but those who got the news at the Music Box bar in Jackson Heights, Queens were still very full of passion.

"I think it's a feeling of jubilation not just for myself as a part of this community but for the community itself. The fact that we feel we are no longer second class citizens," said one bar patron.

Jackson Heights is considered to have the second largest gay population in New York City outside of Manhattan. It is also predominantly made up of immigrants.

City Councilman Daniel Dromm, who's openly gay, says the same-sex marriage bill has special meaning in the neighborhood.

"And some of the people that come here come here because they're gay and they want to be free, And in some of their homelands they can actually be killed for being gay. So they come here looking for that freedom and tonight we can add to that list of freedoms," Dromm said.

One couple who spoke with NY1 said they don't have any immediate plans to marry but like what the bill stands for.

"Our relationships are the same, our level of commitment is the same. Our level of rights and our level of dignity is the same. We deserve the same rights under the state law."

"I'm very excited for all the couples planning to get married. Finally, for so many years, and now their dreams have come true."

The celebration in Queens will continue Saturday when City Councilman Dromm holds a ceremony complete with a wedding cake.

It's scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Jackson Heights post office.

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