Christine Quinn, the first gay person to lead the New York City Council, was asked earlier today about Tuesday's potential marriage equality vote in the New York State Senate. As she responded to the question, Quinn was "fighting back tears" and "struggled several times to control her emotions", reports the Daily News.
Said Speaker Quinn: "I obviously ... urge the members of the state Senate to vote for marriage equality. It's an incredibly important piece of legislation, and tomorrow is an incredibly important moment. If the bill is voted on and passed tomorrow, a week after a referendum .... passed in Maine that took rights away from the residents of Maine. Seven days after that the New York State Senate stands up and says all New York families are equal, what a message that sends about what we believe as a state."