Christine Quinn, the Speaker of the City Council, frontrunner for being the Democratic nomination as the next mayor, and bride to be this month, gave her pleasant reaction to Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriages this afternoon.
Says Quinn, in the above video, “For me, someone’s who’s getting married a week from Saturday, to see this announcement, and to know that as Kim [Catullo] and I walk to the altar, we walk there not just by our fathers, not just by the great State of New York, but we’re being walked there by the President of the United States.”
Hunter Walker at Politicker has a good round up of gay Republican reactions, which vary from grudgingly appreciative to outright hostile.
As least one prominent Republican (who will be attending Quinn’s wedding) was nothing less than pleased by the president’s announcement:
Writes the mayor:
“This is a major turning point in the history of American civil rights. No American president has ever supported a major expansion of civil rights that has not ultimately been adopted by the American people – and I have no doubt that this will be no exception. The march of freedom that has sustained our country since the Revolution of 1776 continues, and no matter what setbacks may occur in a given state, freedom will triumph over fear and equality will prevail over exclusion. Today’s announcement is a testament to the President’s convictions, and it builds on the courageous stands that so many Americans have taken over the years on behalf of equal rights for gay and lesbian Americans, stretching back to the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village.”