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New York, Larchmont residents Welcome Gay Marriage

Jessica Lennon and Evan Karol, like many Larchmont residents Saturday afternoon, were happy to hear the Marriage Equality Act passed the New York State Senate and was singed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo Friday night.

"I support it," said Lennon, who toured Palmer Ave Saturday afternoon with Karol. "Everybody is entitled to the same rights." Karol, who is considering a move to Larchmont with Lennon, added that he also supports the measure, which passed the senate by a vote of 33-29.

While rushing to catch the train out of Larchmont, Kristen Steiner weighed in. "I am so happy," she said."I would have been watching the news last night, but I had to watch a movie on Netflix. But, I'm totally psyched."

When asked about the bill passing the state senate, Dorris Masback exclaimed, "Yay." She added, "Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, but I don't like government legislating other people's lives. I never have," the Larchmont resident said.

A Pelham resident who grew up in Larchmont and spent the day shopping along Palmer Ave, said he thinks the Marriage Equality Act is a good thing, as "a civil matter." Another resident, who would not give her name, said, "I'm not for it."

Michael Luri, a co-owner of a Boton Post Rd store called The Reef Shop that opened today, used to be in favor of civil unions that provided same-sex couples the same benefits and legal protections as everyone, but has changed his opinion over time.

"As the population aged, people's view on gay marriage evolved," he said. "Equality is a good thing."

Laura Hoffman, who has been a Larchmont resident for 29 years, hopes the rest of the country will enact similar legislation, especially Minnesota, where her sister, who is gay, lives. "Maybe she'll come out and get married," Hoffman said.

"A person's choice is a person's choice," said 33-year Larchmont resident Fran Ragone. "You're going to see a lot of improvements."

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