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Legalization Of Same-Sex Marriage Dividing Governors, Clergy In Tri-State

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (credit: CBS 2)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBS 2) — As New York’s Pride Parade marchers savor a same-sex marriage victory, they vow to keep the campaign going state by state, Dave Carlin reports.

“Hopefully it will go more across country,” said Ethan Bedell of Prospect Heights.

“Happy pride, oh my God,” gushed Angie Glenn of East Flatbush.

The applause was deafening for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who signed the bill into law.

“I believe New York has sent a message to this nation loud and clear. It is time for marriage equality all across this country,” he said.

Across the Hudson, however, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie maintains his opposition to gay marriage.

“I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. That’s my view, and that’ll be the view of our state because I wouldn’t sign a bill like the one that was in New York,” he said.

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who repeatedly spoke out against Same Sex Marriage before, did so again after Sunday Mass.

“We don’t believe that marriage can be changed and radically altered to accommodate a particular lifestyle,” he said.

Not all churches oppose the legislation. Rev. Jacqueline Lewis of Middle Collegiate Church expressed her joy after the signing.

“Woot! We feel very happy,” she said.

“Ooh there ain’t no other way baby, I was born this way,” the Church’s choir sang in support.

Performing the legal same sex marriages could help Middle Church grow, as more people to say “I do” is expected to boost the city’s wedding industry and economy, when couples go from marching down Fifth Avenue to marching down an aisle.

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