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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 Cuomo demanded that the federal Defense of Marriage Act be repealed.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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Cuomo to be Feted at Big Gay Fundraiser


Politico's Ben Smith notes that Andrew Cuomo is about to reap the rewards of delivering marriage equality to New York, with a big-bucks fundraiser:

It's hosted by two of the biggest names in gay money: Medical supply heir Jon Stryker, who is probably the biggest donor to gay causes in the country; and Jonathan Lewis, the son of Democratic mega-donor Peter Lewis.

News: Casey Anthony, Gingrich's Finances, Cuomo, Sex Warning

CaseyAnthony  road Just when you thought the Republican presidential field couldn't get any crazier, former KKK leader David Duke reportedly wants to make a bid for the White House.

 road After a 34-day trial and 10 hours of jury deliberation, Casey Anthony has been found not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter in the 2008 death of her daughter, Caylee. She has, however, been found guilty on four counts of providing false information to the police, and faces up to four years in prison.

 road Thomas Jane's Hung character, a male prostitute, may soon get a transgender girlfriend.

 road LISTEN: French DJ Monsieur Adi remixes Madonna's "Frozen."

Newt_Gingrich  road Lady Gaga told The Advocate that she does not use LGBT politics to sell her records: “To say that I would use the gay community to sell records is probably one of the most ridiculous statements anyone can make about me as a person... I would say the top thing I think about every single day of my life, other than my fans, loving the music, and my family being healthy, is social justice and equality.”

 road Lindsay Lohan appears on the cover of Italy's Vanity Fair.

 road Want to control your home with your thoughts? Now you can.

 road Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is lowering fundraising expectations after lackluster second quarter haul.

 road Sean Penn looks fit at fifty.

 road Meanwhile, in other Vanity Fair news, nobody bought the Justin Bieber issue. Guess this means they'll go back to lusting after the Kennedy clan, as usual.

 road The Princess Bible. Yes, it's true.

SeanPennBeach  road Philadelphia wooed big gay conventions.

 road Liberals and progressives have been bending over backwards to congratulate New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for marriage equality, but David Sirota points out that the Democrat isn't as progressive as people believe: "When Andrew Cuomo's record is evaluated as a whole, it's clear that his tolerance on social issues combined with his lockstep corporatism on economic issues makes him not some proud representative of the 'Democratic wing of the Democratic Party,' but rather what is typically called a standard-issue Northeastern Republican."

 road Germany's Green Party warns citizens of sex toys' hidden dangers.

 road Prince William talks trash during Canadian boat race.

 road End of the gay bar?

 road Zac Efron also looks quite nice without a shirt.

 road Now that he's out and proud, Ricky Martin says he feels "protected" by LGBT communities: "I feel protected. I don’t feel alone. Because sometimes when you’re quiet about yourself, you feel all alone. And all of a sudden you come out and you have this amazing community, the LGBT community, and LGBT-friendly people, who are giving you nothing but love."

 road Civil unions may have been signed into law in Rhode Island this weekend, but marriage advocates vow to keep fighting for full equality.

 road Bette Midler wants to be your gay wedding singer.

Photo: Governor Andrew Cuomo At NYC's Pride Parade

Taken earlier today, Governor Cuomo and Christine Quinn at New York City's Pride parade. According to the New York Daily News, parade participants held signs that read "Thank you, Governor!"

Watch some early parade footage, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo Speech After New York State Senate Vote, Marriage Bill Signed Into Law: VIDEO


Governor Cuomo spoke to the press shortly after tonight's historic late night vote. He said: "This state, when it is at its finest, is a beacon for social justice."

Here's a screencap of Cuomo signing the bill into law just before midnight. New York will start seeing same-sex weddings in 30 days.

Watch Cuomo's speech, AFTER THE JUMP.


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Cuomo 'Cautiously Optimistic' on NY Marriage Equality Bill: VIDEO

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters late yesterday that he expects Republicans to bring the marriage equality bill to the floor for a vote.

A_cuomo Politicker NY reports:

“I’m cautiously optimistic when it comes for a vote that it’s going to pass,” Cuomo told reporters tonight, outside his office on the second floor.

Echoing the message Mayor Michael Bloomberg brought to Albany last Monday, Cuomo said: “I believe the people are entitled to a vote and let the elected officials stand up and say yea or nay. I believe that’s how democracy works and I believe the state is entitled to a vote, on this issue.”

I asked if that’s a change in his strategy.

“We early on said we’re not going to advance a bill unless we’re confident that it has a good chance of success,” Cuomo said. “Not that you know it’s going to succeed, because you never know until the vote is actually cast. But we’ve reached the point, the threshold where we believe there was a high likelihood of success, we felt good about the chances of success, so then we moved the bill.”

Empire State Pride Agenda's Ross Levi said he believes the Senate will vote as well.

Watch Cuomo speak to reporters (the clip's a bit quiet, and addresses some other issues as well) and Levi's interview with Liz Benjamin, AFTER THE JUMP...

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