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Renewed Fight For Gay Marriage In NY Hits Suburbs

Gay Marriage advocate groups are working to win New York’s suburban and upstate acceptance.

The Associated Press reports:

Lady Gaga on stage on Long Island this weekend, actors Kevin Bacon, Julianne Moore and Kyra Sedgwick on video, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Albany are headliners in New York’s growing push to legalize gay marriage, a fight that may already be won thanks to shifting voter sentiment and a concerted, disciplined campaign.

New Yorkers opposed to gay marriage are being swamped by younger people who support it, while polls seem to show a new tact by advocates is working in the suburbs and upstate, the more conservative region where the issue will be won or lost.

Five states, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Iowa and Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia have approved gay marriage laws. New York has always been a goal of advocates because of its size, high-profile, and unparalleled media presence.

“A win in New York will provide significant momentum for the movement nationally and, quite frankly, internationally,” said Brian Ellner of the Human Rights Campaign, working for same-sex marriage. “New York is very significant.”

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