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Cuomo praises SCOTUS decisions on same-sex marriage

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There have been large, daylong celebrations in Los Angeles and San Francisco by supporters of same-sex marriages over the last day. They're cheering a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that settles a five-year battle against California's ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling means gay couples can start picking up wedding licenses in about three weeks.

There was a similar celebration in New York City last night over a second ruling by the court that overturned a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kitty Lambert Rudd, a longtime Buffalo gay rights activist, was elated yesterday.

Lambert Rudd is President of OUTspoken for Equality. She and her partner were one of the first local couples to marry two years ago after New York State legalized same-sex marriage.

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"It's as exciting as that moment when New York State passed marriage. And it was just so… matter of fact. They just posted, DOMA's dead. And my contact was screaming in the phone, 'It's done, it's done! It's dead, it's dead!', and it was like, outrageous joy."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo praised the twin decisions yesterday at the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and vacate the ban on same-sex marriage in California. Cuomo said, "I think the striking down obviously was good news and I'm proud that New York has our law in effect."

Speaking to reporters in Buffalo yesterday, the governor, who pushed through New York's own same-sex marriage legislation law nearly two years ago, said it was fitting the DOMA suit was brought by a New York resident, Edith Windsor.

"Ideally, you'd have one law for the nation and maybe one day we'll get there. But the way you often get there is by state-by-state action. And one of the states, historically that has led that action is the state of New York, and we did it again on this topic. After New York passed marriage equality, about another five states passed it and New York gave credibility in some ways to the entire movement. And I'm proud of that."

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act is a historic victory for the quintessentially American principle of equal justice under the law.

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