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Challenging Marriage Equality: The Case of Conservatives v. Albany


In the many glorious days since the passage of the Marriage Equality Act in New York, there have been more than a few marriages, even more engagements, and the world kept ticking. Conservatives, of course, dislike this. But, there is precious little they can do. Same-sex marriage polls overwhelmingly well among New Yorkers, the state's Democratic majority is firmly behind marriage equality, and they are supported by quite a few wealthy, influential Republicans (read: Bloomberg, Grisanti, Alesi, Saland, and McDonald). Any fight against the substance of the Marriage Equality Act risks marginalizing an already weak Republican Party from voters in deep blue New York.

NycfBut, let no one say that our anti-gay forces are not resourceful. Faced with a citizenry that supports same-sex marriage, conservatives instead turned to New Yorkers' greatest bogeyman: Albany. This week, a New York State judge ruled that a state legal challenge to the Marriage Equality Act -- based on the supposedly Machiavellian procedure by which it was enacted -- can proceed to the next stage. That is not to say that this challenge will be successful; in fact, the judge was pretty sanguine pessimistic about the suit's prospects for success. However, it is worth discussing what this case is about, why it lacks merit, and how it shows the utter desperation of the anti-gay right.


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Tonight, Queer Rising Will Occupy Times Square

TimesSquareWhere do queer homeless kids go on Xmas? That's what the ginormous billboard above Times Square's Forever 21 will ask passersby beginning at 6 p.m., as Queer Rising stages a demonstration below. The billboard will also offer the curious a phone number to call, if they really want to know about the unlucky kids' holiday plans: "Cuomo: 518-474-8390."

The homeless youth population is disproportionately made up of LGBT folk. And what scant resources are availible to them are chronically under-funded and under-licensed.

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Speaks to Empire State Pride Agenda: VIDEO


Earlier I posted about Governor Andrew Cuomo's speech to NY's Empire State Pride Agenda last night in which he called for marriage equality nationwide.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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.


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