[UPDATE] NY Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage. Who's Next?

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

[UPDATE] 6-27-11 7:53 AM

New York is now the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law on Friday. 6-24

The move comes during Gay and Lesbian Pride month.
People around the U-S have mixed reaction to the news.

People took to the streets in cities across the U.S. over the weekend celebrating gay and lesbian pride month.

New York City's annual Gay Pride Parade took on special meaning with Friday's legalization of same-sex marriage.

"It's just really great to know that finally here that everyone else can have the same rights and be able to get married and you know show the love that they have. It's amazing."

"We're totally supportive of anybody - everybody should have equal rights, gay people should have the right to love and cherish each other and be married."

Not everyone shares the same sentiment.

In Chicago, vandals slashed the tires on dozens of floats for the city's 42nd annual Gay Pride Parade.

Officials there believe the parade was the target, since nothing else was damaged.

New York's same sex marriage bill passed Friday night with an amendment to protect religious groups from litigation.

Even so, New York's Catholic bishops expressed disapproval Sunday.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan (Archdiocese of New York) says:

"I'm just sad because I -- it's -- it's not good for the -- It's not good for the common good, and that's what we've been arguing for so long. It's just that I think as society and culture is at its peril if we presume to tamper with what is settled and given and already taught us and cherished for the history of civilization. I was disappointed."

New York's same sex marriage law will take effect July 24'th.

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[UPDATE] 6-26-11 5:33 PM by Ashley Mitchem--
New York isn't the first state to legalize same-sex marriage but it is the largest.

The bill passed on Friday (6-24) and since then it's been the topic of conversation for a lot of people.

Surveys show that support for same-sex marriage is growing. Currently about 53 percent of Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage. That's risen from 15 years ago at 27 percent.

There are now six states that have legalized the ceremonies. Some people think New York will spark other states to follow suit. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 37 states have laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
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[UPDATE] 6-25-11 7:33 PM --

NEW YORK (AP) -- Although many obstacles still lie ahead,
supporters of same-sex marriage hope a historic victory in New York
will build momentum for their cause nationwide.

Legislators approved a bill late Friday making New York the
sixth -- and by far the most populous -- state to legalize same-sex
marriage.

Activists hope the vote will help convince judges and politicians across the country -- including President Barack Obama -- that support of same-sex marriage is now a mainstream viewpoint and a winning political stance.

Fred Sainz of the Human Rights campaign says New York's law
"sends the message that marriage equality across the country is a
question of `when,' not `if."'

Action by Congress or the Supreme Court will likely be needed if
same-sex marriage is to be recognized nationally.
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Albany, NY (AP) - Gay marriage will become legal in New York
state after the Republican-led state Senate voted to approve it.

Advocates are calling it a historic step as New York stands to
become the sixth but by far the largest state to legalize same-sex
marriage.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo lobbied hard for the bill and has
promised to sign it.

The Senate vote is viewed as a major gain in an effort to allow
gay marriage nationally.

It comes the day after President Barack Obama encouraged
lawmakers to support gay rights during a fundraiser with New York
City's gay community.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2011 at 09:20 PM
    If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people who keep having gay babies.
  • by The Prince Of Darkness on Jun 27, 2011 at 03:24 PM
    I could of swore I saw Boston Dave yesterday at the intersection of Monroe and Tennessee wearing pink high tops and a white tutu while holding a sign that read "I'm not a diva". BD- Please go back home to Boston. I'm sure Barney Frank will take you back.
  • by straight guy on Jun 27, 2011 at 02:11 PM
    Do you all really care that much about 2 men or 2 women getting married? Its not going to affect you is it? What is it going to do to you? There are alot more gays and lesbians around than you think!
  • by Judy Location: North Florida on Jun 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    I do notice that most of the people posting here on the pro side of the ridiculous decision made in NY have gone to length to hide who they are... and they all come from somewhere else! Don't like our views here? Get the hell out... this is the Bible Belt and we're proud of it. I will close my business before I pay for medical insurance for a gay couple.
    • reply
      by Julia on Jun 27, 2011 at 01:54 PM in reply to Judy
      Judy, you do not speak for me: I am from this area...born and raised in Wakulla County and I am 100% for gay marriage. Why don't you speak for yourself instead of an entire region of the Country? Not all of us are bible thumpers down here...I would like to know what "business" you own so that I can make sure that not a dime of my money goes to a place that would deny medical insurance to ANY human being. Please grow up and pull you nose (and bible) out of other people lives…
  • by Mitch on Jun 27, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    I wonder how many different bible verses can be twisted and interpreted by laymen in an attempt to support keeping people who scare you or you just simply don't understand from being equal to you?
  • by Boston Dave Location: Tally on Jun 27, 2011 at 11:06 AM
    This is a non-issue. To each, their own. It's 2011 people, like Dylan said 50yrs ago...times they are a changin'. Keep up or fall behind. It's just sad to see that a majority of the south, cannot let people live their own lives. Most of you, always have something negitive to say about others who don't look like you, speak like you, or have different religious beliefs than you...to me, that doesn't seem very Godly.
  • by jason on Jun 27, 2011 at 10:02 AM
    jesus would be ashamed of every last one of you claiming to be a christian.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2011 at 08:49 AM
    I think GOD will work this out when time comes but in the meanwhile, my comment is that man and woman were intended to be together for recreation of life NOT man and man or woman and woman. This is a sick world!
    • reply
      by Boston Dave on Jun 27, 2011 at 11:08 AM in reply to
      ...and you never had sex, just for the fun of it? You, my friend, are a hypocrite!
      • reply
        by hunter on Jun 27, 2011 at 02:05 PM in reply to Boston Dave
        and you boston dave are sick and need help!!
  • by rla on Jun 27, 2011 at 08:16 AM
    Good for them! If it doesn't directly affect you then you shouldn't care. People need to learn to keep their nose out of other peoples business.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2011 at 10:01 AM in reply to rla
      It does affect me because the gays flaunt their sexuality in front of everybody. What you do in your own house is your business, but don't let it spill out into the street.
      • reply
        by Boston Dave on Jun 27, 2011 at 11:16 AM in reply to
        It's your problem if 2 men or 2 women are holding hands or showing any kind of appropriate public affection, and you can't handle it. The unfortunate thing is you probably have children and they'll grow up the same way...uneducated on many social topics.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2011 at 10:54 AM in reply to rla
      but having their nose in other peoples business is the hole problem
  • by Harry Balzak on Jun 27, 2011 at 06:22 AM
    But you cannot smoke pot, just spread AIDS.
    • reply
      by Boston Dave on Jun 27, 2011 at 11:11 AM in reply to Harry Balzak
      Who said anything about spreading AIDS? Please educate yourself, before making another ridiculous comment. Of course, you'll probably forget even writing this comment and fall asleep, on the couch, with your Mountain Dew and bag of Doritos.
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2011 at 01:47 PM in reply to Boston Dave
        better than having AIDS
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