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Local Same-Sex Couples Say Marriage Equality Momentum Strong

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New York is one of a handful of states allowing same-sex marriage, and those who have tied the knot locally say they have special interest in what the Supreme Court decides. NY1's Natasha Ghoneim filed the following report.

Patrick Cooney and his husband Carl Buckberg were naturally elated as they left the City Clerk's office in Manhattan on Tuesday -- a day 33 years in the making. But they were also mindful of how currently, geography is destiny when it comes to gay marriage.

Same sex couples in 41 states don't have the same right to marry.

"We're waiting for the Supreme Court to make the right decision. Then it'll be cause for real celebration," Cooney said.

"The real party will be when the Supreme Court does it," Buckberg said.

The Supreme Court will determine who can decide if gay marriage should be allowed state by state: The courts or state legislatures and voters. Voters in 10 states approved bans.

"It's wrong. I'm religious. Marriage is between a man and a woman," said one opposed New Yorker.

"It's ridiculous. It's supposed to be a man and a woman, not a man and a man or a woman and a woman. Everyone should be happy. But this is blasphemy," said another opposed New Yorker.

No matter what the Supreme Court decides the gay and lesbian people who spoke with NY1 say gay rights have evolved quickly in the last few decades and will continue to expand.

One woman, whose wife currently serves in the U.S. military agreed.

"Things are moving in the right direction. Whenever we met, 'Don't ask Don't tell' was in effect. We couldn't hold hands in public because we were afraid someone in her unit would see,' said New York City resident Sarah Cypher.

"I'm not optimistic the Supreme Court will make a sweeping decision this round. But I'm very optimistic that it's risen to this level and I'm very optimistic we've had more discussion about what marriage is in this country than we ever have before. I do see it coming," said another New Yorker.

Advocates of same-sex marriage know it may not be anytime soon, but they hope one day it will be the law of the land. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP