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New York’s State Senate has effectively obliterated the hopes of gay rights activists that wanted to see members of their community be able to wed within the state.

The move comes after Washington D.C. poised itself to become the next major metropolitan area to recognize the rights of gay men and women that wish to enter into worldly matrimony which came after a sweeping defeat of a similar effort in Maine.

Senators voted 24-38 against the measure, falling at a margin much wider than most pundits and supporters expected.

Currently, New York has no official rule on their legal ledger that allows civil unions but there are several court rulings and local actions that have given members of the gay and lesbian community the same rights straight couples enjoy.

Iowa, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont are the only states that allow gay marriage.