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Gay Marriage Advocates Think NY Will Inspire Other States

Celebration last night in NYC's West Village. Photo: AP

Now that same-sex marriage has (finally) been legalized here in New York, supporters are confident that other states will follow suit.

New York is the fifth state, behind Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Iowa, and New Hampshire to permit same-sex marriage (D.C. also allows it). But it’s the largest state, and doubles the number of people living in states where gay marriage is legal . Moreover, New York is home to the gay rights movement, and the gay community in the state is an influential one.

Advocates have been promoting marriage equality in states (New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo was a powerful supporter), at the federal level, and in the courts.

“It will help in the pending court cases to show that more states are adopting same-sex marriage, and it will help in the court of public opinion,”Richard Socarides, a former Clinton White House adviser on gay rights told the AP.

Twitter campaigns are already taking place, such as #EvolveAlready, which seeks to put the pressure on President Obama, who said his views are “evolving.” Polls show that public opinion is also moving in favor of same-sex marriage.
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