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Breaking: NY State Senate passes marriage equality 33 to 29!

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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 The measure cannot be repealed at the ballot.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.

 

Courage Campaign

Dear Adam,

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.

Can you chip in right now to help us push for marri age equality in other battleground states like Minnesota and Maryland?

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.

Will you chip in so we can bring what worked in New York to other states?

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.

We’re ready to move on to the next state. Will you join us?

Thanks for everything you’re doing,

Adam Bink

Native Western New Yorker and Director of Online Programs, Courage Campaign

142 Comments

  • 1. Ann S.  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    HOORAY FOR NEW YORK!!

  • 2. LesbosLoveBoies  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    YAY New York

  • 3. Ray in MA  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  • 4. Meg  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS, Equality!!!! Congratulations, NEW YORK!!!!

  • 5. DazedWheels  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Yippee!

  • 6. matthew  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Hellz yeah! I could barely sit still watching the vote! Congratulations!

  • 7. Ryan  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Yay for New York! Now let's bring this momentum back here to California!

  • 8. Casey  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Congratulations everyone! All the calls, messages, and conversations made this happen! Extra thank-yous to LLB, Anonygrl, and everyone at Courage Campaign for keeping us in the know and together as a community <3

  • 9. Prop 8 Trial Tracker &raq&hellip  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm

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  • 10. LesbosLoveBoies  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Cuomo is in the building and coming into the gallery. I gotta reboot…

  • 11. Carpool_Cookie  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Wow! Is it traditional for the Governor to attend…or was he waiting in the wings with a box of popcorn, chewing his nails?

  • 12. Trish  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    SO EXCITED! But I stuck around my office to watch and there's no one here to share it with. *tear*

  • 13. Ann S.  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    YOU'RE HERE SHARING WITH US, TRISH!!! WOOOOOT!

  • 14. nightshayde  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Same, exactly here — but I'm off to scrapbook. Perhaps I can even open a few minds…

    Congratulations, New Yorkers! Congratulations to equality supporters everywhere!

  • 15. Carpool_Cookie  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I'm in the office alone, too. WE CAN CALL EACHOTHER FREE LONG DISTANCE!

  • 16. Adam G.  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    THANK YOU, New York State. Thank you.

  • 17. Chrys  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I've never been prouder of having been born in New York.

    Now to get the rest of the country in line. I'll be happy with any state, but PA would be nice…

    Yeah, I know. Wishful thinking for now. But it will happen! Tonight proves that.

  • 18. Ronnie  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    USA!!!!….USA!!!….USA!!!….USA!!!!…. 33 YES!!!-29no…MARRIAGE EQUALITY NEW YORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!….. : ) …Ronnie:

    [youtube VNEdaJv0kSA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNEdaJv0kSA youtube]

  • 19. aquaCA  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Excellent video choice, Ronnie!

  • 20. LCH  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Go NY. Proud of my birth state!! Great start to Pride!!

  • 21. the lone ranger  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    homer said it best: woo hoo!

  • 22. Rich  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I'm with you in spirit Trish…hugs!

  • 23. Rob  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    WBEN has a new poll up… time to vote again!

  • 24. Shannon  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    What a stupid poll question. The results are virtually meaningless but I'm sure the WBEN hosts will find a way to spin it. I can see both gay and anti-gay marriage advocates thinking this was the "worst of politics."

  • 25. 415kathleenk  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    You go New york!!! i would have written sooner but i am watching Rachel Maddow :). I am so overjoyed. this is HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE

  • 26. Ann S.  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqlJl1LfDP4

  • 27. nightshayde  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Um… may I please be a Mets fan instead? I really hate the Yankees…

  • 28. Str8AlEyeMikael  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I <3 NY never felt more true and less patronizing. I am truly proud of our governor, our people, and unbelievably, our legislators. Never hurts to have an excuse to get drunker than I already am!!

  • 29. Kevin  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    It may be a formality, but doesn't the Assembly need to approve the changes made by the Senate before it goes the Governor?

  • 30. Casey  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    They accepted them already

  • 31. Kathleen  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    The Assembly already passed the amended version 82-47 earlier this evening.

  • 32. Str8Grandmother  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    YES!!!! YES!!!! YES!!! NEW YORK!!!!
    USA! USA! USA!
    Fuck NOM Fuck NOM FUCK NOM
    Can't be removed at the ballot box!!!

    It is after 4am by me and I confess I fell asleep during Diaz's speech. I woke up when it was "on pause" I only heard the last Senator with the yellow tie speak so I was 100% not knowing what was going on. then WE WON!! WE ALL WON!!
    Gay—Straight—Black—White—Marriage is a CIVIL RIGHT!!
    Today we are ALL New Yorkers!!!

  • 33. Ray in MA  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 34. Ozymandias71  |  June 24, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Wooohoooooo!!!!!!!

  • 35. John_B_in_DC  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Now it's time to take it back to Maryland and Rhode Island.

  • 36. Kathleen  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    So Happy for NY! – and the USA. Congratulations from So Cal.

    Is there any live feed of news conferences? Anyone know when the Assembly will vote on the amended version?

  • 37. Kathleen  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Reading that the Assembly already passed the amended version 82-47 earlier this evening:
    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/06/marriage_equ

  • 38. JonT  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Not that I know of – I'm looking…

  • 39. Rhie  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Whoo hoo! This IS a BFD!!

  • 40. LesbosLoveBoies  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Rhie, I read that out loud and didn't use the acronym…my friends heard me. ACK.

  • 41. Drpatrick1  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Could be wrong, but this bill, as amended, was not passed by the assembly. To get the last two votes, and pass the underlying bill, an amendment was passed that allows just about anyone to discriminate against someone who is married, if they say they are doing it for religious reasons. This is unconstitutional, and will undo the entire law, because they also added the inseverability clause. ALSO, the assembly will have to come back and pass this amended version of the law before it will go to Cuomo… Hope I'm wrong….Anybody know differently?

  • 42. Ann S.  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Assembly passed it earlier in the eve. Now Cuomo has to sign — that's it.

  • 43. nightshayde  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I think the Assembly voted on the amended version as soon as the amendments were approved by the Senate.

  • 44. Shannon  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I am SERIOUS WORRIED about all those broad exclusions and the non-severability clause. Other than some vague "it'll be OK" from various LGBT rights groups I have yet to hear a real explanation of how it'll really be OK. It seems like a very tenuous victory.

  • 45. Rhie  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Can you explain more about that amendment or show me where to read the bill? I haven't heard about this before and would like to know more.

  • 46. Ann S.  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    HUGS TO LLB AND ANONYGRL!!! And all NY!!! And everyone on P8TT!!!

  • 47. Kate  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Has she found Gregory?

  • 48. Gregory in SLC  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Not yet…..hope I do!

  • 49. AnonyGrl  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Are you in NY???????

  • 50. Gregory in SLC  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    In Albany! Call me sent cell to your email

  • 51. aquaCA  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Now CA get your shit together and move on!

  • 52. Kathleen  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Send my love to AnonyGrl!

  • 53. DazedWheels  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    and mine, too, please.

  • 54. jster64  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    what an awesome birthday present this is for me and my girl.

  • 55. RAJ  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    NOM has doubled their threat against Repubs who voted yes.

    'NOM To GOP Senators: “We Pledge $2 Million to Reverse Same-Sex Marriage in New York”'

    It would be nice if courageous yes votes were not penalized. Let's not forget about them come the next elections.

  • 56. Adam G.  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Oh, NOM can go jump off a cliff. It's going to be overrun by the truth and the right very soon; this is just them trying to hold on to the edge. They won't make it for long. Bigotry never survives truth.

  • 57. JonT  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Agreed… NOM's whining is music to my ears. They can't do shit about it now – this isn't California.

  • 58. Rhie  |  June 24, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    That's actually a really good sign. The more money the Religious Right throws at a cause, the more they feel it is a hopeless cause.

  • 59. Edward  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Ok….I live in Indiana (for now…moving to New Orleans in the next 2 months). But I just looked outside….and the sky hasn't fallen….Can anyone confirm that the shy has not fallen out in New York?

    Maggie and Brian….what ya gonna do?

  • 60. Edward  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Hmm….they are already at it…..LOL
    http://www.nomblog.com/10634/

  • 61. Reformed  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Give themselves a raise! Do you think they really care?

  • 62. Bob  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    singing laughing crying tears of joy,,,,,,,,, thanks LLB,,,,, it's done AnonyGrl,,,,, woohooooooo,,,,,,,,, hugs to everyone,,,,,,

  • 63. LesbosLoveBoies  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Can I tell NOM to shove that press release now? I know that isn't mighty Christian of me…but it was their Ooopsies, not mine.

  • 64. Reformed  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    They are down and discouraged right now. I say do what Maggie would do, I mean did.

  • 65. adambink  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Just to reiterate, thank you to everyone here who helped. We all helped pull this over the finish line.

  • 66. Paul in Minneapolis  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

    And the frosting on the cake … this bill passed in a republican-controlled senate. That's gotta gall NOM to no end!

    For NOM: See you here in Minnesota, where we will squash you and watch you slither back into the dark crevasses of the abyss. You will curse the day you decided to inject yourselves into my state's politics.

  • 67. seth from maryland  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    can you believe that , we just passed marriage equality in a republican controlled senate… wow , wow, im just speechless

  • 68. Str8Grandmother  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Ohhh I like your use of the word slither when referring to NOM..

  • 69. AnonyGrl  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Just got home, can't BREATHE!!!!! This has been a GREAT night!!!!

  • 70. DazedWheels  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Yay, you!

  • 71. LesbosLoveBoies  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Welcome home and congrats!

  • 72. AnonyGrl  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Somebody tell me if Gregory is here in Albany????

  • 73. Ray in MA  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Someone correct me:

    I f I heard right, this will double the number of Americans that live under Marriage Equality.

    Did I hear right?!?!?

  • 74. AnonyGrl  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    11% of Americans now live under Marriage Equality. Yes… that is a bit more than double.

  • 75. LCH  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    ♀♀=♂♂=♀♂=∑♡

  • 76. Reformed  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Who is "stunned, hurt, and confused" now maggie?

  • 77. AnonyGrl  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    OK! I promise lots of info tomorrow, everyone was exstatic! Cuomo came in for a huge round of applause, this is an amazing night! I just contacted Gregory, and am going to go meet up with him before he has to leave town again!!! Woo hoo!!!!

    Talk to you later! Love you all!!

  • 78. Martin Pal  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    The joy I see on the faces of the people on the news I remember well when marriage became legal for us in California–three years ago now! To those who thwarted that here in the golden state we will see the joy and those smiles here again someday and New York is a wonderful reminder of that which we are working toward for each and every state in this country.

    Enjoy this sweet reminder tonight!

  • 79. JacobRD  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I am a long time lurker, but decided that I'd join if New York passed marriage equality. Congratulations New York!

  • 80. aquaCA  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I did the same! I have been following this site and forum for a long time and finally posted today, and guess what I can't stop now! 🙂

  • 81. JacobRD  |  June 25, 2011 at 12:14 am

    I wonder how many joined on this historic day? I hope I can become actively involved like you!

  • 82. Alan_Eckert  |  June 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Welcome JacobRD!

  • 83. JacobRD  |  June 25, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Thanks. I know this a great place to be. I'm excited about getting more involved in this great community.

  • 84. Ray in MA  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    For the record: "Progress"

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  • 85. Ray in MA  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    This one sums it all up:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m2O4cS15tY

  • 86. SoCal_Dave  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Congrats New York!!!
    And thanks to AnonyGrl for keeping us up to date all this time.

  • 87. Cat  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Yay! I still think the fine print of this bill stinks, but hopefully it can be removed when people realize the sky hasn't fallen. All you happy gay couples that have been waiting to tie the knot in NY, congratulations! And have a happy Pride! Best wishes from CA. We'll eventually join you (again).

  • 88. Kathleen  |  June 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I finally had a chance to look carefully at the religious exemptions in the law and the only exemption it has that doesn't already exist in NY law has to do with providing services, accommodations, etc.,"for the solemnization or celebration of a marriage."

    You can read the law here: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/A8520-2

    Look at "S 10-B. RELIGIOUS EXCEPTION."
    1. has to do with services, accommodations, etc. for marriage
    2. says this bill in no way diminishes the rights (i.e., religious exemptions) already assured under "subdivision eleven of section two hundred ninety-six of the executive law."

    You can see Executive Law, § 296 here: http://www.dhr.state.ny.us/doc/hrl.pdf

    Subdivision Eleven carves out religious exemptions for some services provided by religious organizations. Look at § 296.11. It is essentially identical language to item 2. in the religious exemptions portion of the marriage bill.

    I don't know just what the implications are of § 296.11 but whatever it is, this is already part of NY law and wasn't introduced in the marriage bill.

  • 89. James Tuttle  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    This is a truly happy day!! Congratulations New York!!!!!!!

  • 90. Proud of NY  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Congratulations NY for voting your conscience… you have truly lived up to the principles that this nation was founded under–equality of all!! Congratulations to all humanity for this occasion, a historical event that will long be remembered in the hearts and minds of all descent people around the world!!!

  • 91. Str8Grandmother  |  June 24, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    The sun is up by me, I am signing off with a quiet smile of satisfaction on my face. After days and days and days of staying up practically all night, and doing like everybody, calling and e-mailing and facebooking, i find that I have an inner peace now. I'm just quietly centered and happy.

  • 92. Ronnie  |  June 24, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    NEW YORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…….HEAR THAT ROAR!!!!….. : ) …Ronnie:

    [youtube C6Ad4phxOCo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6Ad4phxOCo youtube]

  • 93. Str8Grandmother  |  June 25, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Great Job Ronnie for everything you do and hve done you are a real LEADER, you + your MOM, MWAH!

  • 94. Ronnie  |  June 25, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Thank you…… xoxo..Ronnie

  • 95. Sagesse  |  June 24, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    How cool would it be to update this chart :).

    Gay Marriage Chart-of-the-Day
    http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/07/gay-marria

  • 96. Ozymandias71  |  June 24, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Hugs to LLB and Anonygrl!!!! Congrats to all!!!!!

  • 97. Ozymandias71  |  June 24, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    HA-HAAAAAAAA!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS NEW YORK!!!!!!!!

  • 98. Let'sDoThis  |  June 24, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I am sooooo tired, but I am also incredibly satisfied after all these days of hard work. Tears rolled down my eyes as I thought about New York becoming a blue state on the map of same-sex marriage legality in the United States. I am overjoyed, and this is the happiest moment I have had in a while. I can finally get married in my home state, and I am so happy for that.

  • 99. davep  |  June 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Hi all, I just drove home from the Castro where I was having dinner with a big group of friends. The whole neighborhood was extremely crowded and hectic this evening since it's the Friday night before Pride Weekend. The news about NY was spreading everywhere – as we walked to the restaurant people would mention it to people on the street, while we were eating the news would spread from one table of diners to another, then after dinner there was a group of people outside the Castro Muni station telling everyone about it as they walked up the steps from the underground Muni station into the Castro. Each time, another little celebration erupted. Awesome. Just wonderful. It's going to be a great weekend! Thank you New York and thank you everyone whole took part in this big step on the road to equality!!

  • 100. davep  |  June 24, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    …..aaaaand it's a DONE DEAL!! Woo HOOOOO !!!

  • 101. Straight Ally #3008  |  June 24, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    New York beat New Jersey to the punch? The indignity! The shame!

    But seriously…this is what the kids call an "epic win." I'm amazed, and even though it doesn't represent the better angels of my nature, I would LOVE to be a fly on the wall at NOM HQ. >;-)

  • 102. JonT  |  June 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    I'm rather astonished as well.

    Like you, I'd love to hear the weeping at NOM 🙂

  • 103. Str8Grandmother  |  June 25, 2011 at 3:35 am

    I imagine that there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth over at NOM HQ

  • 104. Jay  |  June 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    A video I took from West Capitol Park in Albany, next to the Capitol building. Actually it was right by the site of the Rally for Love and Marriage this past Tuesday and last summer's stop on NOM's Summer for Marriage Tour. I'm on Lark Street, the center of Albany's gayest neighborhood, where after 1 am everyone is still celebrating. There's been an air of triumph all over the city since it passed. Thanks to all of you, everywhere, for your support. We did it!!

    <iframe width="560" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vdFimY1ubK8&quot; frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

  • 105. Jay  |  June 24, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Wow, embedding that didn't work at all!

    [youtube vdFimY1ubK8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdFimY1ubK8 youtube]

    Take 2.
    🙂

  • 106. Let'sDoThis  |  June 24, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Guys, we can't stop now. We've just started. MINNESOTA 2012 BALLOT DEFEAT. LET'S DO THIS.

  • 107. Alan_Eckert  |  June 24, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Totally awesome! Pride will be a great even this year =)
    I've already heard from my uncles, and they are in Senator Saland's district. So great =) (and I'd like to think it's because of the personal letter I wrote him, but this is everyone's victory)

  • 108. Alan_Eckert  |  June 24, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Still a Giants fan. Sorry =p

  • 109. Alan_Eckert  |  June 24, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I really think the part of the bill that says judges can't rule against just the religious parts is ridiculous because the Supreme Court as far back as Mayberry v. Madison has said that legislature cannot dictate how the courts rule. I'd imagine that any state supreme court wouldn't appreciate being told how to do their job either. Not familiar with NY court history though.

  • 110. Let'sDoThis  |  June 25, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Marbury v. Madison, FYI. 🙂

  • 111. Alan_Eckert  |  June 24, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    It's the official state vegetable now, too!

  • 112. Ann S.  |  June 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Alan, are you and Brandon going to be at Pride? I think our dtr and I will be walking with the Marriage Equality contingent.

  • 113. Alan_Eckert  |  June 24, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    We'll be at the parade for the last half and then around Civic Center the rest of the afternoon.

  • 114. Ann S.  |  June 24, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Maybe we'll see you there!

  • 115. chris from CO  |  June 24, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Yay New York how exciting is this and I for one am comfortable with their exemptions. It got the damn job done. I think we should think about that tactic in all the states. Then once things are established we can look at the religious issues later. Right now we should focus on getting same-sex marriage in as many states that it is possible. : )

  • 116. Scooter  |  June 24, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Congratulations NY and to all of you around the country that worked so hard to make Marriage Equality a reality!
    When the vote was announced, it brought tears to my eyes. I live in CA, and hope that soon, i will be able to be doing the celebrating.
    Remember to thank all your senators who worked so hard for this. The Republican senators who voted yes deserve a special thank you. I was so touched by Senator Grisanti's speech. That took a lot of guts, and integrity. People CAN make intelligent, educated decisions. Please let them know how they have affected your lives, thank them, and support them next year.
    and lastly, Governor Cuomo, you rock!

  • 117. loaferguy  |  June 25, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Senator Grisanti has a Facebook page if you care to leave him a thank you note. Quite a lot of people are doing that. Here's the link:
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/SenatorGrisant

  • 118. Ann S.  |  June 25, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Thank you, I left him a nice thank you note!

  • 119. Let'sDoThis  |  June 25, 2011 at 12:16 am

    We have to try our hardest to get each senator who voted for this bill, especially Alesi, Saland, Grisanti, and McDonald re-elected, and we better DEFEAT GREG BALL in the next NYS Senate elections.

  • 120. Joe  |  June 25, 2011 at 12:25 am

    If marriage equality can make it there it can make it anywhere!

  • 121. AnonyGrl  |  June 25, 2011 at 12:29 am

    It is now after three am here in Albany, and things are still hopping at the several gay bars in town, and down on Lark Street, which is the "west village" of sorts for Albany.

    It was just one good thing piled on top of the next. When we heard that Cuomo had signed the bill, not waited for a huge photo op, but just got it DONE there was a LOT of cheering! My brother and his wife had been walking through the Capitol building right after the vote, and they happened to pass a bunch of suits in the hall. One was Cuomo and Andy said "Good job!" and Cuomo smiled back and said "Thanks!". Yay!!!

    I just got back from hanging out with our friend Gregory who I met tonight as he stopped in Albany for the vote tonight on his trip out this way. Got to spend several hours with him and his boyfriend, and it was wonderful!!!

    I am exhausted, ache all over from spending hours tonight sitting on the marble floor outside the gallery door waiting and hoping to get in (YAY I did!!!!), completely wired from the night, completely wiped out from not having much sleep the past week… and amazingly happy.

    Tomorrow, I will look at what we do next, but now, I am just going to bed with a big happy grin! Goodnight everyone… talk to you all soon, with descriptions of how things were in the chamber as the vote was read and such…

  • 122. Scooter  |  June 25, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Thanks for your commitment and dedication. You and everyone here have made this possible.
    You deserve a good nights sleep! Rest well all of you, and know that we are all so thankful, and can have some peace tonite.

  • 123. Scooter  |  June 25, 2011 at 12:45 am

    LOL, i am so excited i can't sleep!!
    woohoo!

  • 124. JonT  |  June 25, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Thanks a lot for being there AG! Sleep well, I know I will 🙂

  • 125. MFargo  |  June 25, 2011 at 4:27 am

    It meant everything that you were there. Thank you.

  • 126. LesbosLoveBoies  |  June 25, 2011 at 6:05 am

    I hope you do sleep in today AnonyGrl…you sure deserve it.

    Yay Cuomo and New York. Yes, on to the next step and next state. Sad that my state will probably be one of the states that FINALLY gets Marriage Equality when it is deemed law in the entire US.

  • 127. James Tuttle  |  June 25, 2011 at 12:37 am

    I don’t post a whole lot but it seems that over the year and a half I have been a daily reader of Trial Tracker that you guys feel like a second family. I haven’t met anyone, except Anthony from the bus tour who I still run into on occasion and is a very nice guy, but you all feel like family. I’ve been here every day a major victory and disappointment came our way and I think we have all shared a very surreal and important thing together. The ups and downs take their toll but it is moments like these that I relish this blog. Thank you all so much for your hard work and especially for being a community I can share my enthusiasm with. Xoxoxo James

  • 128. ĶĭŗîļĺęΧҲΪ  |  June 25, 2011 at 3:14 am

    I just woke up to the wonderful news about NY!
    Yay to the 20-million-people state, the largest to have same-sex marriage starting July 24, 2011!
    I am very happy for all the New Yorkers who support marriage equality!
    This is a big day for gay rights in the US!
    Congratulations, everyone!

  • 129. LittleMo  |  June 25, 2011 at 4:33 am

    My fiancée has been a long-time follower of anything and everything prop8trialtracker, and I come on here sometimes to watch for this update, or to fill her in on an article while she's on her break at work. I'm not the most avid follower, I'm trying to say, but I want to thank all of you for the exhaustive work and endless hours all of you have put in. And it's not just about the vote we watched last night in Albany, either – it's everything. You guys are reporting on everything going on that needs to be reported, and you're doing a hell of a job. It's nice to know there's somewhere I can go and read the comments like those of Straight Grandmother, whose quiet smile comment this morning brought tears of joy to my eyes, and know that, somewhere, people who accept us, and people who are just like us, are pushing hard to make sure that, someday, my fiancée and I – together solidly since high school almost twelve years ago, where we met – will be able to enjoy the same rights that our straight friends have. Someday, my niece and nephews will look at me the way I sometimes look at people who remember the sight of whites-only restaurants and bathrooms, and ask me how the world could ever have been so crazy as to disallow people to have the right to marry just because they were homosexual. And when they do, it will be all because of places like this and people like you. Albany should be proud of their vote. But you guys should be doubly so, because it's people like you that made it get that far in the first place. THANK YOU.

  • 130. Guest  |  June 25, 2011 at 5:15 am

    You know this was done with no help from the White House. Obama has done some things but none without the prodding of our community on a massive scale. I know several people are saying that he will be better than a republican in the next election, especially given the group of repubs that are running so far; but so what would happen if a republican is in office? We would have to work hard, we would have to persevere with no backing, we would have to mobilize on a massive scale….. Ok we have done that already. The next president can't reenact DADT, they can't take away NY equality, they may start defending DOMA again. Of those the only concern is the last, but with a defense from the White House at least we would have more court battles going on and we are winning those already! I don't think I could vote for a republican but that doesn't mean I have to vote for Obama either! How about we all write in some one, Maddow or John Stewart comes to mind…

  • 131. Anon  |  June 25, 2011 at 5:38 am

    I strongly suspect that Obama will come out for marriage equally after he has been re-elected. It makes political sense for him to wait until after then. He has done a lot for the gay rights movement in his first term and I think it will only get better if he gets re-elected.

  • 132. LittleMo  |  June 25, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Someone was saying last night that there are rumours that Cuomo could be considering a run, and my beloved was saying that she won't vote for Obama unless the Democrats don't put forth anyone of any viability. I could only imagine what would happen if Cuomo did run (and made it to the primaries…) Hey, it's nice to dream, right?

  • 133. Bob  |  June 25, 2011 at 8:37 am

    what kind of help did you want from the White House,,,, ???

    I feel there was help,,, but not in a blatant way,,,,, ie Obama has done many things for the LGBT community,,, that no other president has ever done,,,,,

    one way I feel he contributed was by the whole notion of evolving,,,, he made it public that since in office his position on SSM has been evolving,,,,, this notion makes us aware of this possibility,,,,, and I did hear some great speeches from the senate floor last night , very personal stories from a couple of seantors quite specifically about how after doing the research and taking the time to educate themselves,, on the subject there positions had changed,,,, Obama,,, made it fashionable for senators,,, to be able to do that,,,
    in that sense he provided leadership on how to evolve while in office,,,,,,,, we are dependant on elected officials continuing to evolve,, (educate themselves about the issues)

  • 134. Ronnie  |  June 25, 2011 at 5:32 am

    Apologies Sam, for the late reply, I stopped getting emails about new comments….I haven't had a full night sleep all week & I cheered & cried (tears of joy) myself to sleep…….I'm in NJ & can't wait to go to NYPride tomorrow…..This year's Pride is going to be the most jubilant one ever…….&lt;3…Ronnie

  • 135. Guest  |  June 25, 2011 at 5:47 am

    That's just what I said last time… I don't buy that political crap anymore, be a human and say what you believe, untill then I can only believe he will not support my rights as a human because he keeps saying he won't. If he does not have the courage to say he supports my life when all of us had the courage to come out of the closet what use is he to us?

  • 136. Bob  |  June 25, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Obama is very much a human,, he did say what he believes,,, at present,,, in a very honest way,,, and just as honestly he admitted that he is not stuck to his beliefs,,, they could change,,,,, and that is the most important thing for a leader to admit,,,,,, he doesn't need to say he supports LGBT rights,,, his actions while in office show that he does,,, more than any prior president,,,,, actions speak louder than words,,, I would rather have him sign the repeal of DADT,, stop defending DOMA,, signing LGBT onto the United Nations declaration of Human Rights for protection,,,, than say he supports us,,, but do nothing…..

  • 137. RandyinPhila  |  June 25, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Long time lurker finnally signed up to comment on new system, I did not want someone to think my comments as guest above about Obama was anything but true frustrations of a gay man hoping for a fierce advocate fir my family but resigned to keep fighting even if we don't have one!

  • 138. loaferguy  |  June 25, 2011 at 6:08 am

    The Empire State Building "goes rainbow" in honor of our victory last night:
    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/201

  • 139. Kate  |  June 25, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Oh boy, wait 'til the NOMbies see that — after they wouldn't light it up in Mother Theresa's religious colors!!!!

  • 140. Mackenzie  |  June 25, 2011 at 6:37 am

    I am so happy! Last night i was crying and dancing with all my friends. I still can't quit smiling 🙂

  • 141. pgbach  |  June 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Folks, we've won a battle. The war is not over. For the first time in my life, I have contributed to the campaigns of the four GOP NY state senators who did the right thing. NOM is going to go after these guys… they deserve our help…. most importantly, this is the opportunity to destroy NOM… every "yes" vote in the NY state senate deserves at least a $25 contribution.

  • 142. notoveryet  |  June 28, 2011 at 1:43 am

    it’s not over yet if Pop 8 is on the ballet in the next election gay marriage could be band just like california.

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