Openly gay NYC council speaker Quinn urges vote on gay marriage

Christine QuinnFighting back tears, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn urged the New York state Senate Monday to “stand up” and pass the same-sex marriage bill to prove “all New York families are equal,” the Daily News reports.

Quinn, the first gay person to lead the City Council, struggled several times to control her emotions as she fielded a question on the issue after a City Hall press conference.

She paused several times in selecting her words, though she had been expecting a question on the issue.

“I urge the state Senate to act on the bill tomorrow,” she said. “I obviously … urge the members of the state Senate to vote for marriage equality. This is a very…it’s an incredibly important piece of legislation, and tomorrow is an incredibly important moment.

View a clip from Quinn’s press conference on Monday:

Quinn said passing the legislation just a week after Maine voters struck down a gay marriage law would send a powerful message that “all New York families are equal.”

Quinn has repeatedly said she and her partner, lawyer Kim Catullo, will not get married until they can do it in New York.

Full story, the New York Daily News.

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