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FULL VIDEO: NYC Mayor Bloomberg's Marriage Equality Speech

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In case you didn't get to read the document, perhaps you could take 18 minutes and listen to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's full speech delivered yesterday at Cooper Union on the urgent need for passage of marriage equality.

It's quite amazing.

I've also posted a report from Thomas Roberts at MSNBC, AFTER THE JUMP...

Thomas Roberts:

ADDENDUM:

We should also remember this about Bloomberg's record (via email from Andy Humm, co-host of Gay USA:

1) BLOOMBERG BLOCKED THE RIGHT OF GAY AND LESBIAN COUPLES LEGALLY TO MARRY IN NEW YORK CITY.
While Mayors in San Francisco, New Paltz, Chicago, Boston, Nyack, and many other cities were speaking out for the right of same-sex couples to marry--and some were issuing licenses--Bloomberg stayed on the sidelines and then got his Corporation Counsel to issue an opinion that same-sex marriage is illegal in New York. Instead of joining the fight for equal rights, gay couples sued Bloomberg for blocking their access to marriage in the city and won before Justice Doris Ling-Cohan. She ordered Bloomberg to start issuing licenses and he appealed her decision, citing Leviticus and "tradition" and he won at the Court of Appeals, stopping gay couples from marrying here. Note that Attorney General Brown of CA refused to defend Prop 8 in court and President Obama stopped defending DOMA because these laws are unconstitutional. Bloomberg argued that the law limiting marriage to man-woman couples WAS constitutional and he prevailed.

2) BLOOMBERG VETOED THE EQUAL BENEFITS BILL that requires city contractors to give the domestic partners of their employees the same benefits that they give to spouses. When the Council overrode his veto, he went to court to block implementation of the bill and he was successful in stopping its implementation.

3) BLOOMBERG VETOED THE DIGNITY IN ALL SCHOOLS ACT, an anti-bullying bill that would protect students based on gender identity and sexual orientation. His veto was overridden by the City Council. He called the bill "silly" and "illegal" and refused to implement it. It took him several years to institute ANY kind of anti-bullying program and what he did put in place is far from comprehensive.

4) BLOOMBERG ATTACKED THE USE OF THE CITY’S SHAREHOLDER POWER TO COMPEL CORPORATIONS TO PROTECT GAY RIGHTS. City Comptrollers have used this leverage for years to get companies to adopt non-discrimination policies on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Bloomberg’s own Finance Commissioner, Martha Stark, assisted in these efforts. Now Bloomberg says it is improper to use the city’s investments for anything other than maximizing profit, ignoring the positive effects non-discrimination policies have on the bottom line.

5) BLOOMBERG CONTINUES TO SUPPORT THE BOY SCOUTS despite their policy of excluding gay scouts and scoutmasters. Bloomberg, a critic of the policy, said that he would work from within to change it. The Boy Scouts of America refuses to change the anti-gay policy, but Bloomberg is still a big contributor to the group.

6) BLOOMBERG MARCHES IN THE ANTI-GAY ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE that has excluded the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization and any other gay Irish group for twenty years. Most New York City political leaders boycott the parade. He is now also defending CITY FUNDING for three anti-gay St. Patrick's Day Parades in the boroughs, despite City law that makes such funding illegal.

7) BLOOMBERG OPPOSES TEACHING NYC STUDENTS PROPER CONDOM USE. Despite a new curriculum that recommends it, Bloomberg has nixed lessons for high school students on how to properly use a condom. These demonstrations were done routinely for more than a decade during the AIDS crisis, only to be stopped by Mayor Giuliani. The AIDS crisis is not over. All credible public health experts say that young people need to understand how to properly use a condom in case they are or become sexually active. Bloomberg knows this, too, but is putting politics above public health.

8) BLOOMBERG IS THE LARGEST INDIVIDUAL DONOR TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN THE COUNTRY AND A SUPPORTER OF PRESIDENT BUSH’S RE-ELECTION. While this former Democrat said he was becoming a Republican just to get a ballot line to run for mayor, Mike Bloomberg became the #1 supporter of the anti-gay, anti-choice Republican Party, welcoming the Republican National Convention with a $7 million personal check to a city that did not want it, supporting President Bush for re-election, and helping elect Republicans to Congress who push an agenda that demonizes lesbians, gays, transgenders, and bisexuals and severely damages New York City.

Will Bloomberg put his money where his mouth is and stop funding anti-equality Republicans?

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  1. Well done, Mike. Thanks for posting, towleroad.

    Posted by: Joe | May 27, 2011 7:30:34 AM


  2. It was SO good. Well done Mr Blombeerg. I hope NY gets the support for marriage equality they need, this time.

    Posted by: TT | May 27, 2011 7:40:34 AM


  3. It's depressing that gay folks aren't more informed when it comes to this thug and his hypocrisy. Anyone with the most rudimentary knowledge of Mike Bloomberg's record on LGTB rights knows that he's a liar and this impassioned speech is no exception. Bloomberg has and will continue to funnel cash to the most virulently anti-gay politicians and then turn around pleading for LGBT civil rights. It's a joke and a charade. Marriage equality will not pass in New York anytime soon and you can give full credit to Bloomberg.

    Posted by: JOHNINMANHATTAN | May 27, 2011 8:23:29 AM


  4. Oh and there's this gym from a few short years back:

    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2009/02/saturday-at-noon-protest-at-bloombergs.html

    Posted by: JOHNINMANHATTAN | May 27, 2011 8:24:51 AM


  5. gym = gem = Freudian slip

    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2011/05/homoquotable-andy-humm.html

    "Bloomberg's speech today amounted to hollow words. He is the sole reason that Republicans are in the majority in the NYS Senate as he has propped them up literally with MILLIONS of dollars in just the last several years. And he has repeatedly said that he will NOT stop donating to Senators who oppose marriage equality--who also happen to be the ones who oppose GENDA, the AIDS bills we need, and virtually everything else of a progressive nature. Let Bloomberg put his money where his mouth is: Stop funding bigots. It is sickening to watch the gay establishment and average gay people fawn over him like some kind of hero when he is in fact the main reason we don't have marriage equality in New York." - Gay City News reporter Andy Humm, via email.

    Posted by: JOHNINMANHATTAN | May 27, 2011 8:30:28 AM


  6. So the Mayor of New York is a politician behaving hypocritically. I'm shocked [clutching my pearls], shocked!

    Betcha those upstate Republicans take Bloomberg's calls.

    Posted by: Russell | May 27, 2011 8:51:23 AM


  7. Even if Bloomberg were the sole voice raised to call for marriage equality I couldn't listen to 18 seconds, let alone 18 minutes, of his nasal whine.

    Posted by: Really? | May 27, 2011 9:12:38 AM


  8. That NYCers allowed this billionaire to buy the Mayor's office lock, stock and barrel has never ceased to horrify me. NYC has made some legendarily terrible choices in the past with their local politicians (thanks for Giuliani!), but giving Bloomberg carte blanche simply because he's rich is mind-boggling. Why would anyone ever trust a billionaire with anything?

    So, no, I won't be watching, either. Not because of the quality of his voice, but because of the quality of his words. Bad enough he owns NYC, but he won't own any of my time -- other than to register my objections to him.

    Posted by: ohplease | May 27, 2011 9:45:57 AM


  9. OHPLEASE: You're right about NYC allowing this PUTZ to purchase three successive terms. But it should be mentioned that there were zero credible options to Bloomberg in the last election. Mark Green? Please, kill me now. More shameful---let's remember that it was our LGBT champion Christine Quinn who, as City Council President, smoothed the way for Reich Bloomberg's third succession---then let him close the loophole and reinstate term limits, insuring he would be NYC's last 3-term mayor.

    As Fran Lebowitz said, it's never a good idea to elect a mayor whose so rich he can't lower himself to live in Gracie Mansion.

    Posted by: Really? | May 27, 2011 10:56:36 AM


  10. Mike Bloomberg's MONEY elected antigay and anti marriage equality Republican Senators....PERIOD.

    No one cares about a speech when his actions have historically blocked LGBT rights and his money behind close doors speaks louder than his pretty words.

    Mike Bloomberg has always acted for what's in Mike Bloomberg's own interest and perhaps he now see's history's writing on the wall but he is no leader.

    Posted by: mcNnyc | May 27, 2011 12:43:56 PM


  11. Thank you JohninManhattan and others for putting Bloomberg's words in their proper perspective. How much money will the mayor save by the Republican-led State Senate refusal to raise taxes on the very wealthy to address a good part of the state's deficit?

    Posted by: MichaelJ | May 27, 2011 4:07:30 PM


  12. The United States is a place of: freedom,democracy,equality,leadership,liberty, and justice for all! If the United States is the land of the free,dreams, and peace then why is gay people fighting for their rights? Love is one of the most important elements of life and we as human beings should stop looking for ways of separarion because we're all human beings and that makes us all the same... We should start looking for ways of happiness and if marriage makes us all happpy then every human being should get married! Vote and support marriage equality because we're all human beings and we all desrve to be happy no matter how different we are!!!!

    Posted by: rushion edwards | Jun 23, 2011 3:36:53 PM


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