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New York State Assembly Passes Marriage Equality Bill

Ny_small The New York State Assembly has passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state by a vote of 89-52. The vote in 2007 was 85-61.

No date has been set for the Senate vote, which will be a much tougher battle than the Assembly. Congratulations to all, especially assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, for securing passage of the bill as he did two years ago.

Said Alan van Capelle of the Empire State Pride Agenda: "The only remaining barrier to ending second-class status for gay and lesbian families in New York is now the State Senate. To every single member of the State Senate I say this: The landscape has shifted in New York. Do you want to be on the right side or the wrong side of history when the story is written about how marriage equality came to New York? Your grandchildren will want to know how you voted on this important human rights issue. This is a legacy vote."

Senate foes of marriage equality, led by Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., will hold a rally outside Governor David Paterson's Manhattan offices on Sunday, joined by the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization. Said Diaz: "We are demonstrating to show our dissatisfaction with the governor and the bill."

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  1. jose rivera almost made me cry.

    Posted by: rae | May 12, 2009 7:44:21 PM

  2. That rocks. Serious yay.

    Posted by: Tyler | May 12, 2009 9:01:34 PM

  3. BRAVO New York!!

    Posted by: CB | May 12, 2009 9:02:46 PM

  4. How wonderful to get some good news today --and in my adopted home state no less.

    Well done, New York!

    Posted by: ichabod | May 12, 2009 9:05:38 PM

  5. Hi - been following these debates from Australia and (not really knowing your political system over there), does this vote mean that NY has now also recognised Same sex marriage, or is there another chamber (I keep reading about a 'senate' vote) that the bill has to go through?
    Cheers (and great site BTW - good to see the advances that the GLBTI community is making in the US - great encouragement for Oz!!!)

    Posted by: Greg | May 12, 2009 9:07:21 PM

  6. There is a Senate chamber that needs to approve it as well - and it will prove much more challenging.

    Posted by: andy | May 12, 2009 9:12:34 PM

  7. Oops! Never mind - your last post just answered my question :-)

    Posted by: Greg | May 12, 2009 9:13:14 PM

  8. Thanks for that Andy.
    Good luck with the Senate vote then.
    The momentum seems to be on your side though!

    Posted by: Greg | May 12, 2009 9:24:05 PM

  9. sweet :)

    Posted by: sundog | May 12, 2009 9:31:40 PM

  10. this has happened before but did not pass the senate

    Posted by: doro | May 12, 2009 10:06:17 PM

  11. I think it could maybe do it this time.

    This would be a huge win. To have one of the cultural centers of the nation embrace marriage equality would really bring the issue to the forefront.

    NY and NJ and a Hate Crimes bill by fall! Lets not Obamas inaction keep this justice train from a rollin'!

    Posted by: Travis | May 12, 2009 10:17:38 PM

  12. y e a h !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: banshiii | May 12, 2009 10:32:35 PM

  13. Travis, you forgot New Hampshire hopefully, too! And fuck, CA may be on that list as well.

    Posted by: Andrew | May 12, 2009 10:37:12 PM

  14. andrew,

    did you ever think we would see the day when you couldnt keep all the states that have marriage equality "straight"?

    Posted by: Travis | May 12, 2009 10:54:39 PM


    Posted by: jp | May 12, 2009 11:13:54 PM

  16. Don't forget California! We're coming back!

    Posted by: Chris | May 12, 2009 11:18:26 PM

  17. @ TRAVIS: :-)

    Posted by: David R. | May 12, 2009 11:33:53 PM

  18. Yesssssssss we can!

    Posted by: Paul | May 13, 2009 12:23:01 AM

  19. Travis: New York as a (debatable) cultural center will never have as powerful an effect as the more "Americana" states like Iowa and Maine doing it (and everybody seeing the sky didn't fall).

    Posted by: JT | May 13, 2009 12:24:36 AM

  20. P.S.- Sen. Ruben Diaz holding anti-gay-marriage rally this Sunday in Manhattan.

    Posted by: JT | May 13, 2009 12:48:22 AM

  21. That O'Donnell is such a hot bear. Jus' sayin'.

    Posted by: dean morris | May 13, 2009 12:48:26 AM

  22. does anyone know whether the assembly would need to hold another vote, were the senate to vote not in the next 6 weeks (before the current session is over) but say in september? do both houses need to vote in the same session? thanks!

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | May 13, 2009 8:14:44 AM

  23. to all the NY bashers here, GET OVER IT! NYC is the center of the universe, case closed!

    Posted by: bading | May 13, 2009 10:30:20 AM

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