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Log Cabin: GOP Says NY Sens. Can Vote For Gay Marriage

Posted in Actions, Governor David Patterson, Marriage, New York with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2009 by jeffbhall

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The Log Cabin Republicans announced on Tuesday in The Advocate that New York State Republicans have been given permission to cast what is being called a “conscience vote” in favor of Gov. David Paterson’s marriage-equality bill.  The Republican State Legislative leadership is telling its caucus in the State Assembly and State Senate that the Republican Party will take no official position and are taking a neutral stand on the issue of marriage equality.  In essence the Republican Party is now more progressive on gay marriage than the Obama White House, which has stated it’s opposition to gay marriage.

Jeff Cook, who is the legislative adviser for the Log Cabin Republicans explained why this is such a significant decision.  Quoting from The Advocate article,

“…the decision stood in stark contrast to the tack taken in 2007, when assembly minority leader Jim Tedisco and the GOP leadership pressured assembly Republicans to vote against marriage equality.

“We were successful in that environment in getting four Republicans to vote yes, making it the first bipartisan vote on marriage in a legislative chamber,” Cook said. “But we would have probably done better if there was a ‘vote of conscience.'”

Cook called it “significant” that “the center of gravity in both parties has shifted on this issue to where Republicans now feel like their conference needs to be neutral and Democrats feel their conference needs to be emphatic in support.”

The article goes on to point out that a Siena poll released on Monday found 53% of the state’s voters want Governor Paterson’s marriage-equality bill passed, while only 39% are opposed to it.

In order to become law, the bill must pass both the State Assembly and the State Senate.  The New York State Assembly is expected to pass the equality bill; but the battle ground remains in the Senate.  While Senate Democrats, lead by Majority Leader Malcom A. Smith, have control of the Senate by a slim margin of 32 – 30, four Democrats are already vowing to vote against equality.  The four Democrats include Senator George Onorato (D-Queens) and Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. (D – Bronx).

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Quinn: Make The Lie of The Law Go Away

Posted in Christine Quinn, Governor David Patterson, Marriage, New York, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 16, 2009 by thepowerny

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the first woman and first openly gay person to hold that office, emotionally spoke at a press conference today at which Governor David Patterson re-introduced gay marriage legislation.

Highlights

If I thought back in my life beyond my wildest dreams that I would stand a press conference next to the governor of my state next to the mayor of my city, and have both of those individuals pledge their full support for me and my family, to pledge publically in front of the state, this has to happen, that the laws have to  change to make LGBT families fully recognized, something that not long ago was less than a dream.  It seemed so impossible.  We now have the governor of our state not saying “I’m for this,” which would be great, but saying, “I am going to make this happen and I am going to make it happen soon.”

New York is a state that was built and blazed on the idea that people should have equality and be treated the same.  So that minority of people who have become too vocal and too listenened too, their’s a simple question:  Look me in the eye and tell me that Kim and I aren’t a family.  That we don’t struggle every day.  That we don’t pay taxes.  That we don’t work every day for this city.  No one can look me or her in the eye and tell us that because that is not true.  And today begins the step forward to make the lie of the law in New York State go away and make the lie of the marriage law in our city evaporate and to make our laws ones that are truthful that recognize every family as equal and affirm the love and commitment and struggle that unites all of our families.

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N.Y. Gov. Patterson Introduces Gay Marriage Bill

Posted in Governor David Patterson, Marriage, New York with tags , , , on April 16, 2009 by thepowerny

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I am here to speak against those who I think are antagonistic and antithetical, and always have been, not only to to marriage equality but equality for all LGBT citizens, who have stoked the flames of what is an honest difference of opinion or even trepidation in favor of making sure no legislation is passed at all and I will not permit it on my watch.  It’s time to take a stand!

This is an issue of civil rights.  Now, This for me is an issue of families, not just for walking down the aisle in ceremonious celebration, but for the rights of intestacy, for 1300 to 1400 rights that don’t exist unless a couple has civil rights.  You can have civil unions but you won’t have rights.  For me this is a time to fulfill the promise of our founding Constitution which implored us to expand the rights of the Union, and our our founding Constitution has been expanded to include African Americans, the right of women to vote, the right of Americans to get citizenship here in this country.  And we want to extend these rights in those rights to all people.  For too long the gay and lesbian communities have been told their rights and liberties have to wait. 

The time has come to act.  The time has come for leadership.  The time has come to bring marriage equality to New York.

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