By Mark Abrams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Catholic League, a New York-based staunch national opponent of gay marriage, says today’s US Supreme Court decisions affirming same-sex marriage (see related story) are disappointing but not a total victory for the gay community.

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William Donahue, president of the Catholic League, says the court did not set a standard of national recognition for the gay community and marriage.

“While they didn’t get everything they wanted today, certainly the court moved the ball closer to what they want, as opposed to people like myself who think that marriage should be between a man and a woman,” Donahue tells KYW Newsradio.

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Donahue says the court’s ruling technically covers only those states that legally recognize same-sex marriage, noting there are 38 states that do not allow or recognize such marriages.

Donahue says the challenge now for his group is to get some uniformity.  The way to achieve that, he says, is a constitutional amendment recognizing marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

But he acknowledges it’s going to be a tough fight because the gay community will use the ruling to press for expansion of gay marriage in the states.

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