HILLCREST, Calif.—Obstacles still lie ahead for supporters of gay marriage, but that's not stopping plenty of people, especially in California from celebrating the news that New York is now the sixth state to allow the ceremony.
In a 33-29 vote Friday night, New York's State Senate approved same-sex marriage, a bold move according to experts since the state is so liberal and diverse.
News of the decision spread quickly across the country, and several San Diegans joined in the celebration.
"I was delighted. It brought tears to my eyes," said Sean Cahall, a member of the gay men's chorus. "California is also a very liberal state and I hope people wake up and see what's coming."
Hillcrest's gay and lesbian resource center called "The Center" told FOX-5 several people have stopped in asking if the local gay community is going to hold events or rallies in support of what happened in New York. Center volunteers said nothing is planned as of yet.
One gay man, who didn't want to be identified, said while he is cheering and celebrating for New Yorkers, it's bittersweet.
"We are still here in California, where you can't get married," he said.
California approved gay marriage in 2008. Not long after, voters passed Proposition 8, repealing the marriage act. Earlier this year, a federal judge ruled Prop 8 unconstitutional. The bill is now in the hands of the U.S. Appeals Court.
Same-sex marriage supporters hope New York's decision will spearhead the movement in California.
"I think social change is happening. It's been slow but I think it's reaching a precipice where it's going to tip and it's going to reach that tipping point where all the other states will start to follow," said Brian Nagle.
"I think everyone deserves the same rights," said Caitlyn Cobb. "And it doesn't matter if you are gay or straight, it's about being human."
New York became the sixth state to approve gay marriage. It will become a law in 30 days.