What impact will the recent victory in D.C. and the defeat in the New York Senate have on the fight for marriage equality?

What impact will the recent victory in D.C. and the defeat in the New York Senate have on the fight for marriage equality?

June Bender
musician | West Philadelphia
“New York is supposed to be liberal, influential, diverse and accepting. A defeat there doesn’t bode well for the future. If that state rejects gay marriage, it definitely hurts the effort.”

June Bender
musician | West Philadelphia
“New York is supposed to be liberal, influential, diverse and accepting. A defeat there doesn’t bode well for the future. If that state rejects gay marriage, it definitely hurts the effort.”

Christian Sidel
student | Center City
“Things look bleak, considering California and New York. Two big states have rejected it. Give the fight some downtime. Wait five or 10 years, then try again.”

Gregory Holt
dancer/choreographer | West Philadelphia
“Long-term, gay marriage is inevitable regardless of current victories or defeats. The issue isn’t going away. Eventually, straight people will see it’s more beneficial to assimilate gays and lesbians rather than marginalize them.”

Troy Kreiner
student | South Philadelphia
“D.C. is a glimmer of hope. But most of the country isn’t sensitized to the issue. I’m optimistic about the ongoing national dialogue. But the supporters [of gay marriage] should advocate in a more respectful and tasteful way.”