Just two days after signing the state's gay marriage bill into law, Governor Andrew Cuomo got a hero's welcome at the 42nd annual New York City Pride March on Sunday. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
After a tough battle to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, the winning team basked in its victory. It is a proud moment for all involved, particularly for Governor Andrew Cuomo.
"This is always a special parade... but it is extra special today," said Cuomo.
The governor steered the state's same-sex marriage bill over the finish line on Friday. For that victory, he won over the crowd many times over.
Cuomo's supporters and proud New Yorkers lined the parade route, and flashed signs thanking him for legalizing gay marriage. Former Governor David Paterson was even spotted on a float waving one himself.
Indeed, Cuomo's marriage victory, on top of a string of wins in Albany , fueled talk that he may be on his way to a White House run in 2016.
"We still need him here in New York a little bit longer, then we'll see about letting him go," said Manhattan Senator Tom Duane. "I'd be happy to let him go, but he's still got more to do here."
Cuomo said he thinks the marriage bill's passage in New York will spark change nationwide.
"I think you're going to see this message resonate all across the country now. If New York can do it, it's okay for every other place to do it," said the governor. "If New York did it, every other place is going to be posed with the question and I think that's a good thing."
Openly gay politicians who lobbied hard for this day to come said this year's parade was simply the best.
"It was like nothing I'd ever seen before. There wasn't one person on the side who wasn't jumping up and down or screaming or crying. It was really unbelievable, the unadulterated joy that was pouring out on Fifth Avenue," said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
Now it is time for the wedding planning. Same-sex couples will be able to wed in New York at the end of July.
Cuomo said he has already been asked to officiate at some ceremonies.