May 31st, 2009
09:15 AM ET
13 years ago

King: Same-sex marriage debate heats up in New York

Editor's note: On CNN's "State of the Union," host and chief national correspondent John King goes outside the Beltway to report on the issues affecting communities across the country.

NEW YORK (CNN) - As she lobbies members of the New York Senate these days, the politician in Christine Quinn can understand what the gay rights activist in her sometimes cannot.

"The fear of the unknown," is how she describes it. "This is a vote they've never cast before. And they don't know how people are going to react. You are in a position where people's reaction to you is the key to your success. And the unknown creates fear and fear often creates paralysis."

Quinn is the openly gay speaker of the New York City Council, and a proponent of legalizing same sex marriage in New York state.

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  1. Sharon-NY

    I couldn't believe that Christine Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council that is such public position to be able to influence her personal even freakish opinions to other people. In addition, I disillusioned with John King's unfair interview with gay couple.
    CNN should give a chance too to speak out the couple who realize a high value of traditional marriage.

    May 30, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  2. Tatianna

    I hope all citizens in each and every American state, be allowed to place their voice re: same sex marriage, in the ballot box, where its heard and counted the way it should be, according to our constitution. We The People should not allow courts/judges to single-handily make this decision for us. IMHO, majority of Americans wish to preserve our most important civilized ideal of marriage being one man and one woman. Personally, I have nothing against gays, careless about their love life and bedroom private affairs. Same sex marriage tears at the Founding Fabric of the nation

    May 31, 2009 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
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