Christine C. Quinn, 46, was first elected to the New York City Council in 1999 where she represented Manhattan's lower west side. She has not only championed LGBT rights, but also fights for other issues including affordable housing and early childhood education.
In 2006, Quinn was elected the city's first female and openly gay Speaker and many speculate she is poised to come out on top of NYC's 2013 mayoral race.
In May, the New York political elite gathered to watch Quinn get married to her longtime girlfriend, Kim M. Catullo, a year after her own state voted (and hence allowed) to legalize same-sex marriage.
The speaker's wedding came just a week after President Obama's historic announcement that he supports marriage equality. She passionately spoke about his statement a press conference (video below), saying, "To know that as Kim and I walk to the altar, we're walked there not just by our fathers, not just by the great state of New York, but we're also being walked there by the President of the United States who has said what's going to happen there that day is as good as any other marriage, is the same as any other marriage, is as important and as equal as any other marriage."
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