One year ago, June 24, 2011, New York passed the Marriage Equality Act, legalizing gay marriage in the state; a big leap forward for LGBT rights in America, and setting fourth an example for more states to follow.
Now, with President Obama and polls showing a majority of Americans supporting same-sex marriage, many Democrats have taken a much clearer and more consistent stance on the issue, no longer settling for the position of support for civil unions, but embracing full equal rights under the law.
Gay rights in America and New York still face many challenges ahead, however. Many are still fighting to reverse bills that have been passed, and Barack Obama’s opponent for the Presidency, Mitt Romney, is a supporter of passing a federal amendment to ban gay marriage nationwide. Even in the states that now do recognize gay marriage, there are many complications given the country’s state-by-state, model, and proponents of same-sex marriages still face difficult battles ahead when it comes to gaining broader nationwide support.
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