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Marriage equality

By Adam Bink

Various sources are telling me we’re very close to a deal in New York State and a vote could come as early as today. That’s still not certain, but for the time being, I set up this live video feed so you can watch in case a vote does come down the pipe.

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Meanwhile, Maggie, Brian and NOM will be scaring up a crowd at a 1 PM press conference.


  • 1. LCH  |  June 20, 2011 at 9:45 am


  • 2. Bob  |  June 20, 2011 at 9:49 am

    all eyes on New York,,,,,,, watchin and ditto what Ann said,,,

  • 3. Gelo  |  June 20, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I'm both excited and anxious! Although I'm not a NYer, I'm still in support of Marriage Equality for all states! =) I'll probably be in tears if this passes! =)

  • 4. DazedWheels  |  June 20, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Watching from West Virginia.

  • 5. Gregory in SLC  |  June 20, 2011 at 9:59 am

    watching from Salt Lake City!

  • 6. jpmassar  |  June 20, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Various other sources report no deal and that a vote, if it comes at all, may not come until Thursday.

  • 7. Alan_Eckert  |  June 20, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I can't watch right now because my boss is close by. Watching as closely as I can from San Francisco.

  • 8. loaferguy  |  June 20, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Come on, New York! I know you can do this!

  • 9. Ronnie  |  June 20, 2011 at 10:10 am

    sighs & subscribes…..<3…Ronnie

  • 10. Gregory in SLC  |  June 20, 2011 at 10:11 am

    how can you be certain no vote today?

  • 11. ĶĭŗîļĺęΧҲΪ  |  June 20, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Watching from Russia :)

  • 12. gayinpa  |  June 20, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Watching from Pa. DO THE RIGHT THING NY! We love you!

  • 13. AnonyGrl  |  June 20, 2011 at 10:20 am

    In related news, the halls of the capitol building appear to be crawling with demonstrators from both sides, or so I hear. I am at work, but I know a couple of friends who are down there with larger groups. There was also a demonstration outside today about not cutting state jobs (some 9,000 may be on the chopping block) and people who are concerned about other issues, such as the tax cap and rent control. With so many things still being worked out, it is unsurprising that the session is being extended.

    So we sit and wait (or stand and shout and wait). If you are a New York resident, keep those calls and emails going to your senator. Many news outlets are now treating this story as one that will affect the entire country, as I believe it will, so lets keep the pressure up!


  • 14. Chris  |  June 20, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Since we are stuck waiting on basic human rights, I thought I would post one of my favorite inspirational YouTube videos to hopefully bring everyone a smile:

  • 15. Gregory in SLC  |  June 20, 2011 at 10:37 am

    thank you for updates and optimism! ((HUGS)) from SLC!

  • 16. David Henderson  |  June 20, 2011 at 10:45 am

    One thing I wonder about is why the *state* legislature is worried about rent control, which is a *city* issue. Shouldn't the NYC city council (or however it's organized) be worrying about that?

    (The Illinois legislature did the same thing (and presumably still does, though I haven't checked recently), writing laws that targeted only Chicago, although they wrote the laws like "Any city with a population over X has this restriction that other cities don't, or can do this thing that other cities can't", where Chicago was the only city that qualified. So New York is certainly not alone in that kind of oddity.)

  • 17. Kevin  |  June 20, 2011 at 10:47 am

    That's the word on the Twitterverse

  • 18. Bob  |  June 20, 2011 at 10:47 am

    I like that they're treating this story as one that will affect the entire country,,,,,,,,,,, the fate of the American people,, is in the hands of N.Y. senators,,,, not only America but the world is watching,,,,,, the most powerful country in the world,, voting on EQUALITY and HUMAN RIGHTS for it's citizens,,,, how does democracy in a free country work ? towards these goals,,,

    and why are politicians dealing with the Church in closed door meetings, how transparent is a genuine democratic process,,,, (The Church has this much power in a free country??) watching and waiting,,,,, so is the United Nations ,,,,,,

  • 19. Troubletown  |  June 20, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Hey gang– I know it's easy to feel a bit depressed when stuck in purgatory like this, but every second that passes gets up closer to eventual full equality. You know deep down in your hearts that this is coming someday, so hang in there and don't despair!

  • 20. Casey  |  June 20, 2011 at 10:52 am

    The property tax cap issue is probably holding things up a lot, too. That's statewide, and if anyone else is from NY, you know why they are arguing. Property taxes in NY are sky high.

  • 21. Str8Grandmother  |  June 20, 2011 at 10:52 am

    That's a really good point Bob!

  • 22. Str8Grandmother  |  June 20, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I stopped work and came upstairs to check Prop 8 to see what is happening in New York. I just can't get my mind off of it. Sigh…. guess I'll head back downstairs and wash the floors.

  • 23. seth from maryland  |  June 20, 2011 at 10:55 am

    in fact just 1 ny senator could everything in america

  • 24. seth from maryland  |  June 20, 2011 at 10:57 am

    in fact just 1 ny senator could change everything in america is , forget the old post

  • 25. Kevin  |  June 20, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Yeah, Lanza says no vote today.

  • 26. equality4us  |  June 20, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Watching with fingers crossed from on-the-coast-Oregon… bit by bit, we shall overcome! Thanks for providing this feed; I'll be checking in throughout the day.

  • 27. ĶĭŗîļĺęΧҲΪ  |  June 20, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Watching from Russia

  • 28. Eric  |  June 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Trying again.
    [youtube KWmHE_OcESc youtube]

  • 29. DazedWheels  |  June 20, 2011 at 12:21 pm


  • 30. mas  |  June 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Ok, not a Maggie fan, but really? We have a lot of things to chide her for, we don't have to fall to 4th grade fat jokes.

  • 31. Teddy  |  June 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    So, let me get this right: Maggie says that passing gay marriage shouldn't be a priority because there are more important issues, but after it's passed it's priority number one to repeal it. Huh?

  • 32. Mark  |  June 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    That JUST in? Stand back. She is about to explode!

  • 33. dsc77  |  June 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Yes, she does look larger…

    I like the ad above the related links for the shortcut to 5 minute killer 6-pack clip better! MUCH better!! :oP

    Dave in Maine

  • 34. dsc77  |  June 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Yes. Makes total sense! (in an eyerolling sort of way….!)

    Dave in Maine

  • 35. Bob  |  June 20, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    that's what we're up against,,,, NOM,, an organization using the money, and power of the Vatican, for whom Bishop Dolan speaks,,,, NOM, in the form of Maggie is the foot soldier, along with BB,,,,, freedom and EQUIALITY in the U.S. is really being held hostage by a foriegn country,,, the Vatican,, whose leader is the pope..

  • 36. Eric  |  June 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    You got that right.

  • 37. DazedWheels  |  June 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I agree, too, and didn't mean to imply anything other than "ugly is as ugly does" by my "Ewww!" comment above. My entire family has struggled with weight issues, so no stone-casting from me on that account.

  • 38. AnonyGrl  |  June 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Time to step up the calls and letters to Ball's office, and hit his facebook page with a lot of support!

  • 39. Ronnie  |  June 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Very telling, yeah? Maggie Gallagher's shenanigans are not as transparent as she thinks they are…… No birds crashing into that window….just saying….<3….Ronnie

  • 40. JonT  |  June 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Me too!

  • 41. Owen  |  June 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Hard to blame her. Stress and weight gain are linked, and I'm guessing she's been under a lot of stress in the past year knowing her world is coming crashing down around her. :c)

  • 42. Alan_Eckert  |  June 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Read this post by Alvin McEwan about how the LGBT community should act in this period of stalling in New York:

    In short:

    Don't fall for it.

    Keep your heads up and keep pushing with respect. Don't let lawmakers forget that you are tax-paying citizens deserving of basic rights. And don't give them excuses to strip you of your dignity and humanity.

  • 43. DazedWheels  |  June 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I just asked him, on his Facebook page, to please vote "yes" for marriage equality in NY.

  • 44. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  June 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Ball wants 'comprehensive religious protections'
    What the %@#& does that mean???
    I don't understand how anyone can not see these exemptions as anything other than legalized discrimination hiding behind 'religious beliefs'

  • 45. Jim  |  June 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Greg Ball's phone numbers. Give his office a ring!
    District Office
    Phone: (845) 279-3773

    Capitol office:
    Phone: (518) 455-3111

  • 46. Gregory in SLC  |  June 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Maggie: "our motto/mission statement: we fight gay marriage and WIN!"

  • 47. AnonyGrl  |  June 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    If it were coming up for a vote, they would say so. Since they have said no, we are pretty much assured it will not.

    I feel your pain on not getting work done… I have been dragging my feet here, checking in as often as I can, and really not earning my paycheck today. Sigh.

  • 48. Franck  |  June 20, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Trying to watch from Madagascar… Though I'm afraid my connection isn't very cooperative.

    – Franck P. Rabeson
    Days spent apart from my fiancé because of DOMA: 1459 days, as of today.

  • 49. Alan_Eckert  |  June 20, 2011 at 2:03 pm

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  • 50. Str8Grandmother  |  June 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I know what you mean I never did get that floor washed….

  • 51. Str8Grandmother  |  June 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I called and the woman who answered listened to what I had to say. Let's hope, keep hope alive.
    I tired the other senators but got a busy signal or their voice mail was full.
    Wait I did get to leave a message for one other Senator.

  • 52. Reformed  |  June 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Just an effort to move the cheese.

  • 53. Bryce  |  June 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I am really upset about Senator Ball. He is getting an awful lot of media attention for going to Twitter for advice. People call him innovative, and say that he is really in touch with the people.
    And yet, he is giving indication that he will vote no, despite the fact that in a time of five hours, he will get HUNDREDS of tweets asking him to support marriage equality, and MAYBE one against it (usually with no reason).
    His whole twitter thing is clearly a rouse, he has no intention of doing what his constituents are asking him about. I feel like is exploiting the pain of those who are asking him for help for media attention. I swear, the man has never met a camera lens he didn't like.

  • 54. Bryce  |  June 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Even his facebook pictures are him talking to cameras.

  • 55. Bryce  |  June 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I think someone with all the time in the world should tally the comments on his facebook and Twitter. Those numbers would come in handy in academic research on social media and politics, campaigns against him in the future, and generally holding him accountable for being on the wrong side of history!

  • 56. Phillip R  |  June 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Keeping my fingers crossed that all this work ends up amounting to something!

  • 57. Sam_Handwich  |  June 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    The twitter invite makes him appear interested and in-touch; the twist is that he probably knew from the start how it would turn out. So, should he choose to vote no on the bill, he'll have the option of offering the convenient excuse that younger people are far more likely to use twitter…and since younger people, in every poll, favor same-sex marriage, the results were then skewed in their favor.

  • 58. Ronnie  |  June 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    This is the world according to NOM & anti-Equality people violating the religious liberty of every tax payer that does not bow down to them….I mean their version of "God"…….an example that NOM & anti-equality people think they define "Freedom of Religion" for ALL Americans.

    So how's that 'religious freedom' going for you, Albany opposition?

    "Looks to us like yelling "You're not a Jew" at a female rabbi is what we can expect if Ruben Diaz' omnipresent Orthodox co-protestors get their sense of "religious freedom" exalted in law:"

    video attached to the link.

    I'm not surprised by NOM's followers blatant religious based dictatorship advocacy because they have constantly shown that they think the religious clauses of the first amendment apply to anti-gay heterosexuals only. Oh & look at the anti-gay religious liberty on display in that video looks like it includes spitting at a woman & yelling at her "You are not a Jew". CLASSY!!! (not really)

    &gt; I …..Ronnie

  • 59. Waxr  |  June 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    It could be a psychological compensation for not getting enough sex.

  • 60. asiesamigo  |  June 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Following this from Oaxaca, MEXICO. Actually many around the world are paying careful attention to events in Albany . They may produce the milestone for justice we are all waiting for..

  • 61. Waxr  |  June 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    It is getting late in New York, but something is going on. The Democrats took time out for a conference, now the Senate is having a closed meeting in the Rules Committee.

  • 62. Waxr  |  June 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Looks like a no go.

  • 63. asiesamigo  |  June 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Here's the latest from Brian Brown (Head of NOM). Thought you all would like to know how he is thinking right about now. But just do the opposite of what he asks and we'll be ok. Thx.

    Action Alert: New York

    [Share] Facebook ThisTweet ThisEmail This

    Monday, June 20, 2011

    Dear Marriage Supporter,

    I'm in Albany, New York, where I had the privilege of standing with Rev. Jason McGuire of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms this afternoon as he delivered 63,000 petitions from New Yorkers urging their senators to oppose the same-sex marriage bill.

    Although the New York legislative session was slated to end at midnight tonight, we've just received word that any vote on the same-sex marriage bill has been postponed until at least tomorrow—so it looks like we're headed to overtime.

    Your phone calls are needed now more than ever.

    There is no reason the Senate should even vote on this bill. Marriage belongs to the people of New York—not just 62 senators under intense pressure from donors, activists and lobbyists. Please call every senator on the list below and urge them to oppose the same-sex marriage bill and instead support a referendum that would give the people of New York the right to vote on marriage.

    Tell them it's time to make sure the marriage question goes directly to the people. Let the people vote!
    Stephen Saland(518) 455-2411
    Andrew Lanza(518) 455-3215
    Mark Grisanti(518) 455-3240
    Greg Ball(518) 455-3111
    John Flanagan(518) 455-2071
    Joseph Addabbo(518) 455-2322
    Shirley Huntley(518) 455-3531

    Then forward this message to everyone you know who lives in New York. The outcome in the New York Senate will have ramifications all across the nation—please take action right now! And if you can't make phone calls today, click here to send your message by email!

    It's down to the wire! Please keep praying!
    Brian Brown

    Brian Brown

    Brian S. Brown
    National Organization for Marriage

    P.S.: Senator Ball took to Twitter over the weekend asking his Twitter followers how he should vote on the same-sex marriage bill. Click here to tell Senator Ball to vote NO!

  • 64. Bryce  |  June 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    What was the conference about? Do we know? What happened in Rules?

  • 65. Bob  |  June 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Yeah good to hear from Mexico, Canadian here, we got them sandwiched,,,,, stand strong New Yorkers,,,,, tell the pope to take a hike,,,,, EQUALITY NOW

  • 66. Bryce  |  June 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    So, Reuters is reporting that the day has been wrapped up, that there was some progress, that people protested on both sides, and that this drama will continue through Wednesday. Anyone have anything else?

  • 67. Waxr  |  June 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    The Senate is adjourned until 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 21.

  • 68. Ronnie  |  June 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    One of my friends was in Albany today. I met her in D.C. last summer at the Big Commit rally to counter NOM. She is a FIERCE straight ally & so is her daughter. Her daughter was harassed today by the anti-gay people.

    Here is what she posted:

    "Senator Ball, at the statehouse today my 9 year old daughter was screamed at and told that she was wrong. She was asked if she had "picked out a girlfriend yet." She was laughed at by supposedly "loving, religious men."
    These are the people you want to protect!?!
    Shame on you."

    Yes…shame on NOM supporters…real classy (not really)……This is the America NOM is creating….. attacking innocent little girls who support Equality…… > / ….Ronnie

  • 69. Bryce  |  June 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Oh, and the Christian Post is making it sound like there were only a few pro-equality protesters, and that the overwhelming number of protesters were pro-inequality. (But, ya gotta consider the source, I guess.)

  • 70. Waxr  |  June 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    No idea why he Democrats had a conference. The rules committee moved some bills to the floor, but not the Marriage Equality bill. The Senate is now adjourned until 11 AM Tuesday, June 21. There is something up because I believe the Senate was planning to adjourn until Friday.

  • 71. nightshayde  |  June 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I just e-mailed Senator Ball (and posted the text of the e-mail in the thread about Senator Ball & his Twitter request).

  • 72. Bryce  |  June 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    This is getting frustrating. A last minute onslaught from NOM has Senator Ball's twitter page flooded with the same copied and pasted message (despite the absence of virtually any inequality supporters this past weekend).
    I understand that the Senate stands adjourned. I guess, what I am asking, is: are there going to be late night negotiations? If not, do negotiations start before Senate tomorrow? Where do negotiations stand, anyway? What are the likelihoods? My guess is that we'd all like information that none of us have at the moment, but those are our big questions.
    I also want to get personal for a moment and say: If there was anyway that I could be in New York, I would be there in a heartbeat. I am so proud of this group of commenters. I would love to stand with my New Yorker friends in person, but since I can't I will have to stand with you all in spirit.

  • 73. Ronnie  |  June 20, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Brian Brown is one uneducated buffoon…but what would I expect from a non-New Yorker who doesn't even take the time to learn what the laws of NYS are before he opens his nugatory unmitigated trap….STOP LYING CRYBB!!!…its a sin….tisk tisk…… 8 / ….Ronnie

  • 74. nightshayde  |  June 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    All of this is making me cranky and is starting to make me cry. Why is discrimination somehow acceptable or desirable if it's wrapped in religion? Why don't people realize (or care) that civil marriage has absolutely nothing to do with religion unless the couple getting married wants it to? When did "religious freedom" become synonymous with "the right to discriminate?"

    I'm so depressed right now.

  • 75. davep  |  June 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Hee hee…. you guys just reminded me about what Steven Colbert said about SSM being legal in Canada and Mexico –

    "America.. the straight meat in a big gay sandwich!" : )

  • 76. Ronnie  |  June 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    HRC, Marriage Equality New York, Freedom to Marry, Empire State Pride Agenda, & The Log Cabin Republicans have called for a rally tomorrow in Albany at 12pm…….&lt;3…Ronnie

  • 77. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  June 20, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Big hugs nightshayde :-)
    I know exactly how you feel…it really gets to me some days too.

  • 78. _BK_  |  June 21, 2011 at 5:23 am

    She has my pity. :(

  • 79. Sagesse  |  June 21, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Just catching up. I stopped receiving notifications on this post half way through the day yesterday.

    But I got to use the edit button :).

  • 80. Andrew_SEA  |  June 21, 2011 at 7:11 am

    It is disturbing that the KoC and Vatican are getting into our country’s legislative process.

    After all – they really are a foreign power. The Holy See is not American – but Italian. Does this mean that Tel Aviv and Mecca can influence a state’s legislative sessions this much? Are all of our politicians for sale over the freedoms of American citizens?

    What is really horrifying is that they are actually having a conversation regarding legalization of discrimination in order to secure votes. My tax dollars are being spent on 3rd party charity contracts with entities that would legally be able to refuse and deny me services simply based upon my orientation. Nothing more.

    The other thought is that the Republicans are using this as a tool to gain concessions on other legislation. I am pretty much 100% sure on this. Religion is just a smokescreen for hatred.

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