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Cuomo Urges States to Allow Gay Marriage

Published: October 27, 2011

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, hailed as a hero at a gala dinner for the state’s largest gay rights group, issued a passionate plea on Thursday for other states to follow New York’s lead and allow gay couples to wed.

Times Topic: Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions, and Domestic Partnerships

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Mr. Cuomo, who choreographed the successful push this year to win legalization of same-sex marriage, received a standing ovation that lasted for more than a minute from supporters of the group, the Empire State Pride Agenda.

Shifting his sights beyond New York in a way he has not done before, Mr. Cuomo demanded that the federal Defense of Marriage Act be repealed. His voice rising in intensity as he spoke, he also called for federal legislation that would bar discrimination against gay men and lesbians in housing and employment.

And in his most forceful terms to date, Mr. Cuomo called for his counterparts across the country to embrace what he framed as an issue of equal rights and to push for the legalization of same-sex marriage in their own statehouses.

“We need marriage equality in every state in this nation,” Mr. Cuomo said. “Otherwise, no state really has marriage equality, and we will not rest until it is a reality.”

The event, which raised more than $1.2 million for the group, had a celebratory air, with frequent mentions of the new marriage law. The City Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn, introduced Mr. Cuomo, saying that his election had “made all the difference in the world.”

The governor, who was given a leadership award from the group, spoke at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in Midtown before 1,200 people.

In his speech, he praised gay rights advocates for their hard work and also thanked many elected officials, including his predecessor, Gov. David A. Paterson, and the four Republican state senators who provided the critical votes to pass the marriage bill and whom Mr. Cuomo named one by one to some of the loudest applause of the evening.

Gay Veterans Will Have Their Day in Court

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I though some people would find this interesting.

We may be a few months out from the new year, but it’s safe to say that the demise of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will be marked as a highlight of 2011. The end of that discriminatory statute and its demeaning implications to the men and women who serve our country is something to be celebrated. But even though DADT is gone, the legacy of unfair treatment of gay and lesbian veterans continues.

One of those legacies is the Defense Department‘s separation pay policy for discharged service members. If you serve six years in the military and are then discharged involuntarily, Congress says you’re entitled to separation pay to help ease your transition to civilian life. But the DOD has an internal policy — not required by any statute — of cutting that separation pay in half if you’re discharged, even honorably, for “homosexuality.”


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Names from the Preserve Marriage Petition are out.

Approve Referendum 71

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Washington state released the names of the people who signed a petition to bring a domestic partnership law to a public vote two years ago with Referendum 71.

The judge reasoning behind it is, ” if Protect Marriage could get around the Public Records Act ‘by simply providing a few isolated incidents of profane or indecent statements, gestures, or other examples of uncomfortable conversations … disclosure would become the exception instead of the rule.”

Of course, the people who signed this petition are scared of hostility that would be made towards then so they are trying to appeal this rule.

If you are going to sign a petition to prohibit certain people from doing what makes them happy to make your self feel more secure then you should be able to accept the whatever hostility that may come towards you. Why sign the petition if you can’t admit openly that you signed it? Cowardly-much?

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