June 24, 2011
The New York State Senate just voted to pass the religious protections ammendment on the marriage equality bill by a margin of 36-26. Apologies for our mistatement a moment ago.
There are 2 speakers left then the official announcement of the final vote will be given.
UPDATE: The New York State Senate just voted 33 to 29 to pass the marriage equality bill. Read our updated post here, or copied below.
By Adam Bink
Just now, the New York State Senate voted to legalize same-sex marriage! The vote was 33-29. Since the Assembly passed the bill, it will go to Gov. Cuomo’s desk, where he will enthusiastically sign it (and kudos for his hard work on this). The measure cannot be repealed at the ballot.
There are a lot of people to thank, but we at Courage will start with you. Just as we did on repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, we focused on a core group of undecided Senators and called, called, called. Folks like AnonyGrl reported from the statehouse. Others shared new information for each Senator and the timeline. We tweeted at Sen. Greg Ball, we voted in the WBEN poll and called the station out on its poll questions, we asked our friends and family and colleagues to call. Courage members in New York State made call after call. Everyone here should be proud of themselves. This is what a movement — and a blog community — look like.
On a personal note, I cannot say how thankful I am, as a guy born and raised in Western New York. My mother in suburban Buffalo (who made many of her own phone calls, and organized her colleagues at work to help, too) often uses the Yiddish term nachas. That would probably be the right term — glowing pride, a feeling of warm satisfaction. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
We’re going to take this momentum to other states and win in battlegrounds like Minnesota and Maryland. Please see the e-mail below for more on how we’re going to do that. If you support the work we’re doing together here at Prop8TrialTracker and elsewhere online, please consider chipping in to support our efforts by clicking here.
We did it: the NY State Senate just voted to legalize same-sex marriage! Gov. Cuomo is ready to sign the bill, which already passed the Assembly, and NY will become the largest state in the union to grant couples the equal rights they deserve.
You helped make this happen! In partnership with the Human Rights Campaign and New Yorkers United for Marriage, Courage members made call after call until we picked up the six votes we needed. Previously undecided Senators like Addabbo, Huntley and others publicly cited the number of calls they got from folks like you as a reason they supported equality. Now, we’ve got to keep this train moving.
Here’s why this is important, Adam: we can use the success in New York as a tool to move residents and lawmakers in other states. At Courage, our Testimony project helps compelling stories go viral.
In Minnesota, where voters will face a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in 2012, we can use the story of a Buffalo, NY couple getting married after 52 years together to convince an undecided Duluth, MN voter. When we’re pushing Senators to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), we can show them the stories of couples who get married from New York, but live in or move to another state, so they lose the rights from that marriage at the border.
This will help us beyond marriage. We can also change hearts and minds in states like Tennessee, where the governor just signed legislation banning any protections for LGBT people and where the Senate passed the odious “Don’t Say Gay” bill. We can show the rest of the country why they should stand on the right side of history. We’ll use your contribution to tell those stories through viral videos and ads in other states so we can speed up the day when all Americans, LGBT or straight, can finally be equal.
Thanks for everything you’re doing,
Native Western New Yorker and Director of Online Programs, Courage Campaign