Thank you , New York!
As Kander and Ebb wrote: “If you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere. It’s up to you, New York, New York.”
I’m no big believer in marriage- gay or straight. I’ve often said, my parents had a marriage that made George and Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” look like amateurs.
To me, it’s all about legality. We need to be able to recognize gay relationships and apply the same legal protections that straight marriage automatically provides. I want Steve to be able to be by my side if I have to go to the hospital and make my medical decisions if I’m incapacitated. I want Steve to inherit my estate- and vice versa- on the same legal grounds as a married couple. Without having to present some form…
We have been together almost 15 years. We are totally financially intertwined as far as property and mutual responsibility is concerned. The laws need to recognize that….
Screw the Church ceremonies and gift registries -although there is a lot of money to be made there….That should be enough alone for America to embrace Gay Marriage.
Just think how much money the Gay community would spend on weddings…
We would probably just call our friend Vanita over to say a few words in the living room with a few close friends. Then give one hell of a party!
We already have 6 sets of dishes and that is quite enough.
We just need to have our relationship recognized as legally binding so we are protected if and when one of us gets sick or- god forbid- passes on.
I dare anyone to say our 15 years together doesn’t deserve some sort of legal recognition- without having to pay an attorney thousands of dollars to protect the rights straight peope get with one marriage license.
I don’t want to be “married” as much as I want to be legally recognized and protected. And New York has realized that point.
Call it what you will…Marriage is a legal condition, not a religious one….
This has nothing to do with Religion and everything to do with fairness and equality.
ALBANY – New York made history last night as the State Senate voted “aye” on gay marriage.
Senators passed the bill 33 to 29 as the normally somnolent chambers erupted in a raucous chant of “USA! USA!”
“As I have said many times, this is a very difficult issue and it will be a vote of conscience for every member of the Senate,” said GOP Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau).
New York joined Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Iowa and Washington, D.C., in legally recognizing gay marriage.
“I’m verklempt,” said a nervously optimistic Assemblyman Matthew Titone (D-S.I), one of five openly gay state lawmakers prior to the vote. “I’m still in a state of disbelief.”
The Assembly passed the bill last week for the fourth time since 2007.
It was only two years ago that gay marriage was easily defeated in the then Democrat-controlled Senate. Now, the rush to the altar could begin 30 days after Gov. Cuomo, who made gay marriage a priority, signs the bill.
For gay couples, marriage means more than just swapping rings.
For the first time they qualify for the same 1,324 state marriage benefits afforded to straight couples.