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New Yorkers Oppose Anti-Gay Maine Vote, Look Ahead to NY


New Yorkers held a rally in Union Square last night opposing the anti-gay vote in Maine on Tuesday, and looking ahead to next week, when Governor David Paterson has promised to call a special session of the state senate.

Watch OurSceneTV's report on the rally, AFTER THE JUMP...

According to Gay City News, both Empire State Pride Agenda executive director Alan van Capelle and State Senator Tom Duane are still confident about a vote on marriage equality:

"Alan Van Capelle, the executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA), the state’s LGBT lobby group, and out gay Chelsea Democratic Senator Thomas K. Duane, the measure’s lead sponsor, both reiterated their confidence in the wake of an election in which a Republican marriage equality supporter was forced from an upstate congressional race and voters in Maine narrowly opted to repeal the gay marriage law there. 'Based on my conversations with senators, they are planning on being in Albany next week,' said Van Capelle. 'That said, the governor is still required to issue an extraordinary session calendar. Our community should rest assured we have full commitment from the governor that the marriage equality bill will be on the very first calendar.' ... In a statement issued late in the day on November 4, Duane said, 'I have so much confidence that New York will soon be the next state to enact marriage equality. I strongly believe that my colleagues from both sides of the aisle will step up and do the right thing.' Since the spring, Duane has consistently said he has the votes –– among them, as yet unnamed Republicans –– to ensure passage of the marriage bill."

More at Gay City News on the impact of Maine and the NY 23rd  district Congressional race.

Watch OurSceneTV's report on the NYC rally, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Not to put too fine a point on it, but a distinction needs to be made between what happened in Maine and the status of 30 other states.

    Maine voters did NOT ban same-sex marriage. They did veto legislation that would have extended rights to same-sex couples. THAT is deplorable all by itself. Majority rule over civil rights is not acceptable in this country.

    But I think it is important for us to understand that the voters did not amend the state constitution in Maine like has happened in 30 states. Those states have a heavier burden on them.

    Posted by: patrick | Nov 5, 2009 10:43:14 AM

  2. I totaly agree with your comment. There needs to be clarification.
    There also needs to be some MANNING UP to this issue on the GLBT side.
    For those who feel safe in there so called CLOSETS drag there asses out. For those who feel safe in having a wife and on the side having a secrete boy friend....when the wife thinks hubby is going to there local 7eleven store to pick up a bag of ice when in fact he's meeting his bed buddy his ass out!!!!
    If you have a partner and have a daily conversation with people start using HUSBAND/WIFE...if you call a customer service agent use HUSBAND/WIFE tell them "YES I would like to add my Husband or Wife to My account. Make people realize we are all the same. With out the same rights that they take for granted
    It truly amazes me that the religious zealots and that idiot Mary Gallagher on NOM (by the way were is hiding?) calls it a radical move that were changing the definition of marriage when they them selves never had a real definition to begin with until we stood up and demanded that we be included.
    The right says that the senators and congressmen are being radical that our rights need to be left up to the PEOPLE....wasnt it the people who elected them into office?

    Posted by: xman | Nov 5, 2009 11:16:09 AM

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