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Here are a few items I didn't get the chance to post earlier today.

NyStephen Colbert last night warned of interspecies romance following the marriage equality victory in New York.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

A Quinnipiac Poll released Tuesday finds support for same-sex marriage in New York: "State voters support 54 – 40 percent a law allowing same-sex couples to marry, with voters under 35 supporting the measure 70 – 26 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. Voters 35 to 64 years old also support the measure, while voters over 65 oppose it 57 – 37 percent."

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is hoping for some momentum on other issues from the NY marriage win.

New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos thought people were celebrating outside Stonewall because: "Asked on Tuesday what he thought about the scenes of teary-eyed jubilation on the streets of the West Village and other areas of Manhattan following the 33-29 vote, Skelos had this to say: 'I saw people that were happy.'  Later in the conversation, he said the joyful outbursts came because citizens 'saw government function.'"

An upstate New York town clerk is refusing to sign marriage licenses for gay couples.

NY GOP Senator Mark Grisanti, who voted for marriage equality, is being hit hard by conservatives and won't rule out running as a Democrat in the next election: "The Buffalo Republican, whose underdog victory last November swung control of the Senate to the GOP, also would not rule out running as a Democrat when he faces the voters again in 2012, backing off on a blanket rejection of such a move that he made after the Friday vote. 'I'm not saying I will rule it out,' he said during an afternoon news conference in the Mahoney State Office Building, 'but I do not see that -- jumping over to the Democratic side.'"

NY GOP Senator Saland, another vote for marriage equality, discusses the decision: “I realized I had voted on Lord only knows how many thousands of bills, I’ve had to make many many difficult decisions, but I don’t think that any of them quite rose to the magnitude of this decision. I think this may have been the most difficult decision that I’ve had to make.”

Watch Colbert's segment, AFTER THE JUMP ...

 

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  1. How sad that providing civil equality to ALL citizens is so f*cking difficult and heart wrenching.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jun 28, 2011 8:59:27 PM


  2. Refusing to issue a marriage license to an otherwise legally qualified couple is probably a violation of a clerk's oath of office to administer the laws of the State equally to all citizens. Her only probable recourse is to stop issuing marriage licenses completely.

    Posted by: james | Jun 28, 2011 9:55:53 PM


  3. Brothers and Sisters:

    These people....Cuomo and the four Republicans who took a chance....they are our heros. Let's all reward them with $10 or $25 checks as campaign contributions to help protect them from the haters who are giving them a politically hard time. They now need OUR help.

    Here are their addresses below. If we send them money, the word will get out and we will exercise our voice. Vote with your money.

    Hon. Andrew Cuomo
    Governor of New York State
    NYS State Capital Building
    Albany, New York. 12224

    Hon. James Alesi
    Room 512, Legislative Office Building
    Albany, New York. 12247

    Hon. Roy McDonald.....room 918
    Hon. Mark Grisanti.......room 902
    Hon. Stephen Saland....room 504

    Cheers,
    Rick Bushnell, MD
    Pasadena, Ca.

    Posted by: Rick Bushnell MD | Jun 28, 2011 10:11:47 PM


  4. Senator Mark Grisanti has discovered he has a heart and a brain, so of course he'll be leaving the Republican party.

    Posted by: justme | Jun 28, 2011 10:17:06 PM


  5. Step aside, old upstate New York biddy! There's a new clerk comin' to town. One that's willing to do the job and collect YOUR paycheck, but without the bigoted attitude.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jun 28, 2011 10:26:58 PM


  6. if the clerk refuses to her job fire her ass.
    she will be breaking the law and unfit to hold public office. kick the bigot out.

    Posted by: walter | Jun 28, 2011 11:45:40 PM


  7. My own celebration...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4DyAqnJoPo

    That town clerk is 75 and a Republican, what would you expect. Actual Conservatism is dying, Theocracy is thriving.

    Posted by: CB | Jun 29, 2011 2:13:18 AM


  8. Wait for the religious bigots to play the victim card once this goes viral. Fodder for the GOP to bait their bigot constituents. I suspect this is another area that Senator Greg Ball wanted protections for, individuals working for state government.

    Posted by: Robert | Jun 29, 2011 7:26:34 AM


  9. RICK BUSHNELL MD

    You also need to continuously thank the Democrats for doing the right thing.

    It wasn't heart wrenching and the most difficult decision for them-it was about fairness and equality.

    Don't take them for granted the left politicians, it's not easy for them being to the left with such a poisonous right wing opposition.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jun 29, 2011 7:50:50 AM


  10. The town clerk doesn't have the right to pick and choose which laws she likes. Her oath of office promised to uphold the laws -- all of them. if she won't, she can't be clerk.

    Good thing there aren't any of THOSE kind of people in her town. Just like Iran.

    Posted by: wimsy | Jun 29, 2011 10:36:26 AM


  11. I just called Gov. Cuomo and left a message thanking him for his fight to pass same sex marriage. I also asked him if it would be possible to call Pres. Obama and explain to the Pres. what it means to be a fierce advocate for gay rights.

    Posted by: Jay | Jun 29, 2011 2:24:45 PM


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