Saturday, June 25, 2011

YAY I CAN GET MARRIED IN MY OWN STATE OF NEW YORK























Hehe I think my bear, Danny, is nervous about what kind of wedding I would plan for us. I would leave the details for that to him when the time comes. He has the eye for such things, but I get music choices LOL. Anyways, Marriage for Same Sex Couples passed the senate today at a historical vote that in the pass usually failed.

I was very optimistic this year as opposed to when Governor Patterson and the others before tried this same thing. Cuomo got the deal done. How come it was different this time? Well he and others actually worked together with those on the fence. They bargained  the  facts that churches and stuff should not be sued or required to marry same sex couples if they did not want to. I agree with this cause it would take one dumb ass that thinks he can get over on a law suit to bring bad light to our cause.

The fact that our governor listened and worked with others to get this done made all this possible...well that and some of the undecideds to come on our side hehe. Below is the news item  from 365Gay.com and AP about all of this...Hugs to my peeps.

OK onto the next state...NY may be done but the fight is not over. I hope when others follow on this they go with the same route to achieve what is needed.

PS: This Sunday's Gay Pride Parade and Pier Dance in NYC will be explosive due to all this good news...I am gonna party like it's 2011...wait it is LOL!

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By Jennifer Vanasco, editor in chief, 365gay.com
06.24.2011 10:40pm EDT
http://www.365gay.com/news/new-york-passes-marriage-equality/

New York will be the sixth state to legalize gay marriage and the second to do so my legislative vote once Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the bill as he’s expected to do.Once Cuomo signs, licenses will be available within 30 days.

The Republican-led legislature passed the bill with mostly Democratic votes, 33-29. The swing votes were Republicans:Sen. Stephen Saland and Mark Grisanti, both of whom remained officially undecided until announcing their votes on the floor.

On a personal note: NYC is celebrating tonight -My fiancee Jenny and I are going to go to the Stonewall Inn, where it started 42 years ago tonight, and join them!

AP’s story is below.

(Albany) New York lawmakers narrowly voted to legalize same-sex marriage Friday, handing activists a breakthrough victory in the state where the gay rights movement was born.

New York will become the sixth state where gay couples can wed and the biggest by far.

Gay rights advocates are hoping the vote will galvanize the movement around the country and help it regain momentum after an almost identical bill was defeated here in 2009 and similar measures failed in 2010 in New Jersey and this year in Maryland and Rhode Island.

Though New York is a relative latecomer in allowing gay marriage, it is considered an important prize for advocates, given the state’s size and New York City’s international stature and its role as the birthplace of the gay rights movement, which is considered to have started with the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village in 1969.

The New York bill cleared the Republican-controlled state Senate on a 33-29 vote. The Democrat-led Assembly, which passed a different version last week, is expected to pass the new version with stronger religious exemptions and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who campaigned on the issue last year, has promised to sign it. Same-sex couples can begin marrying begin 30 days after that. The passage of New York’s legislation was made possible in two Republican senators who had been undecided.

Sen. Stephen Saland voted against a similar bill in 2009, helping kill the measure and dealing a blow to the national gay rights movement.

“While I understand that my vote will disappoint many, I also know my vote is a vote of conscience,” Saland said in a statement to The Associated Press before the vote. “I am doing the right thing in voting to support marriage equality.”

Sen. Mark Grisanti, a GOP freshman from Buffalo, also said he would vote for the bill. Grisanti said he could not deny anyone what he called basic rights.

The effects of the law could be felt well beyond New York: Unlike Massachusetts, which pioneered gay marriage in 2004, New York has no residency requirement for obtaining a marriage license, meaning the state could become a magnet for gay couples across the country who want to have a wedding in Central Park, the Hamptons, the romantic Hudson Valley or that honeymoon hot spot of yore, Niagara Falls.

New York, the nation’s third most populous state, will join Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C., in allowing same-sex couples to wed.

For five months in 2008, gay marriage was legal in California, the biggest state in population, and 18,000 same-sex couples rushed to tie the knot there before voters overturned the state Supreme Court ruling that allowed the practice. The constitutionality of California’s ban is now before a federal appeals court.

While court challenges in New York are all but certain, the state – unlike California – makes it difficult for the voters to repeal laws at the ballot box. Changing the law would require a constitutional convention, a long, drawn-out process.

The sticking point over the past few days: Republican demands for stronger legal protections for religious groups that fear they will be hit with discrimination lawsuits if they refuse to allow their facilities to be used for gay weddings.

The climactic vote came after more than a week of stop-and-start negotiations, rumors, closed-door meetings and frustration on the part of advocates. Online discussions took on a nasty turn with insults and vulgarities peppering the screens of opponents and supporters alike and security was beefed up in the capitol to give senators easier passage to and from their conference room.

The night before, President Barack Obama encouraged lawmakers to support gay rights during a fundraiser with New York City’s gay community. The vote also is sure to charge up annual gay pride events this weekend, culminating with parades Sunday in New York City, San Francisco and other cities.