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NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Looks Nationally on LGBT Rights in Empire State Pride Agenda Speech: VIDEO

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke before a crowd of 1,200 last night at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers at the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA)  dinner, and called for marriage equality across the country, the NYT reports:

A_cuomoShifting his sights beyond New York in a way he has not done before, Mr. Cuomo demanded that the federal Defense of Marriage Act be repealed. His voice rising in intensity as he spoke, he also called for federal legislation that would bar discrimination against gay men and lesbians in housing and employment.

And in his most forceful terms to date, Mr. Cuomo called for his counterparts across the country to embrace what he framed as an issue of equal rights and to push for the legalization of same-sex marriage in their own statehouses.

“We need marriage equality in every state in this nation,” Mr. Cuomo said. “Otherwise, no state really has marriage equality, and we will not rest until it is a reality.”

Watch (via Think Progress) a NY1 report on the speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

Shortly after Cuomo's successful push to legalize same-sex marriage in New York there was lots of talk about how it might help a potential presidential bid by the governor in 2016.

David Mixner takes a look HERE at the next steps envisioned by Executive Director Ross Levi for ESPA.

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  1. I currently live in Florida, and am being married in New York tomorrow evening. Thank you Governor Cuomo for your courage and unwavering support.

    Posted by: acorlando | Oct 28, 2011 8:14:51 AM

  2. Can we run this guy and ditch Obama?

    Posted by: Max | Oct 28, 2011 9:12:05 AM

  3. This man may support gay marriage, but that's probably only because his Wall Street backers support it.

    When you have the extremely-conservative group, Club for Growth, applauding some of your actions, you have a slight problem.

    His record fighting for the middle class and poor is absolutely horrible.

    Posted by: Chance | Oct 28, 2011 9:15:38 AM

  4. Chance,

    You're right. It's nice that the guy supports gay marriage but he'd rather increase taxes on the middle/working class and give a tax cut to millionaires.

    I'm happy for NY LGBT folks who can now enjoy same sex marriage but Cuomo is otherwise not good people. He's just another servant of the rich and the powerful. He's for crushing unions, shifting tax burdens from the 1% onto the 99%, etc.

    It's obvious that he's setting himself for 2016 run for the presidency. He'll get a ton of Wall Street and wealthy LGBT folks backing him.

    Posted by: Mark | Oct 28, 2011 11:52:02 AM

  5. I would love to see Andrew Cuomo run for president. I would support him wholeheartedly.

    Posted by: Peter | Oct 29, 2011 10:19:46 AM

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