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As many New Yorkers celebrated the Supreme Court's decisions on two gay marriage cases at this year's Pride March, some of the candidates for mayor are also getting in on the action. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn may not have been a grand marshal at the Gay Pride March, but among the city's politicians - the parade and the day - belonged to her.

Quinn is campaigning to be the city's first openly gay mayor. And she had the biggest show of support along the parade route marching with her wife, Kim Catullo. Of course, it did not hurt that Edie Windsor - the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act - is cheering her on.

"I am endorsing Chris with my whole heart. I think we have to make her the next mayor," Windsor said.

"You've changed the world. And I want to thank you for that. And I want to thank you for your support of my race for mayor. And I'm so proud to say, I'm with Edie - and Edie is with me," Quinn said.

Quinn's rivals may not have the backing of a gay rights hero like Edie Windsor. But they marched and courted voters just the same.

"We've got a great group here and the response has been wonderful. People are so pumped up because it has been a great week for human rights and people are feeling it," said mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio.

De Blasio's daughter sparkled on the parade route, helping her dad work the crowd to promote his campaign.

Former City Comptroller Bill Thompson seemed content to just wave.

"I think I'm getting a pretty good reception, but this day isn't about me. It's about pride in the LGBT community," Thompson said.

When it came to putting on the biggest show for parade goers, Former Congressman Anthony Weiner could not be beat. He waved a giant rainbow flag and tried to pump up New Yorkers with his bull-horn. He definitely had some fans.

"I think he's coming back to prove something and I think he's going to do a good job doing just that," said one parade goer.

"He's been criticized for - whatever - give him a chance," said another parade goer.

That is what all these candidates are looking for: A chance to run the city. And the support of gay voters may help make that happen.

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