Supporters Celebrate Coming Of Same-Sex Marriage To New York
On Saturday, elected officials who supported the same-sex marriage bill in Albany celebrated with some of their constituents. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
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One day after the approval of same-sex marriage in Albany, State Senator Tom Duane was ready to take a victory lap in Harlem.
"I have two kinds of happiness. There is my public happiness, which is authentic happiness, and I have my private happiness, because now I have the opportunity to have my family recognized legally," said Duane.
It is an opportunity the Manhattan lawmaker envisioned since he came out to his parents when he was 17.
Just two years after same-sex marriage was defeated by the Democratic-controlled State Senate, the now Republican-led body approved the measure late Friday night by a vote of 33-29.
Shortly before midnight, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill, which would then take effect in 30 days.
For Duane, who spearheaded the measure, the aftermath of Friday's vote came with congratulations, hugs and moments of clarity.
"We just could not be more grateful, because it could not have happened without you," said a constituent.
"Another thing New Yorkers are going to find out, which is what they found out in Massachusetts, in Connecticut, in New Hampshire, in Washington D.C. and even in Iowa, is that nothing really changes," said Duane.
Across the city, champions of same-sex marriage celebrated large and small, at community events and on city sidewalks.
For openly gay, unattached lawmakers like Queens Councilman Daniel Dromm, the approval was less about wedding cake and flowers and more about equality and opportunity.
"It's just so meaningful to me, as a person, as a human being, as someone who has been in the struggle for LGBT rights for years," said Dromm.
For those who are attached, like Duane, the weekend meant contemplating the future.
"For a politician to have a wedding, it's complicated. Who do you invite?" said Duane. "We may just run down to City Hall and send out an announcement."
Some elected officials were not ready to reveal the prospective dates of their nuptials, but their celebration is sure to continue for weeks, if not years, to come.