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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is campaigning to be the first openly gay mayor, got teary-eyed today at City Hall as she discussed the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act.

"It’s indescribable, the feeling to be more of a citizen of the United States," said Quinn, who married partner Kim Catullo last year after Albany passed same-sex marriage in 2011. "Even when you’re speaker of the City Council, to have something happen that makes you feel more fully an American, and your family fully recognized — it’s indescribable."

After the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act that prevented the federal government from recognizing gay marriage — and declined to take up a California case and thereby clearing the way for same-sex marriage in that state — elected officials across New York issued their own statements praising the historic decision.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who led the succesful fight to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, called the decision "a major step forward in our efforts to achieve full marriage equality in this nation." 

– State Government Editor David Howard King contributed to this report. Photo of Quinn at City Council news conference on DOMA by Bill Alatriste.

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New York officials are more than excited that the United States Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. Here are some of their reactions: 

 

Statement of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg:


The rights of men and women should not be dependent upon who they love and who they chose to spend their lives with. The Supreme Court’s decision to review the constitutionality of DOMA is the right decision and one that brings us another step closer to full marriage equality. The history of our country is defined by the progress we have made expanding the definition of equality to all people, of all races and both sexes. The Supreme Court Justices have often played a central role in these debates, and now they will have a chance to do so again.

Statement of City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn:

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The Defense of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional today by a Federal Appeals Court in Manhattan. Gov. Andrew Cuomo who successfully championed the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York issued this statement:

In June 2011, New York State inspired the rest of the nation by becoming the largest state to achieve marriage equality. Today’s ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit provides further momentum for national progress on this important civil rights issue. What we did here in New York can only be the beginning, and we must continue to work together until all Americans are free to marry whom they love and are entitled to all of the rights and benefits of marriage equally, regardless of sexual orientation."

Cuomo congratulates Sen. Tom Duane on the floor of the Senate after the passage of same-sex marriage legislation. Photo courtesy of The Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.