New York governor to introduce bill legalizing same-sex marriage ... "He realizes it is the civil rights movement of the 21st century."

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    Apr 15, 2009 12:39 AM GMT
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    Assemblyman says governor's office asked him to attend announcement of bill

    Previous governor filed same bill, which passed Assembly but not Senate

    Gov. Paterson has said he is committed to "full marriage equality in New York State"

    "We hope to have this bill passed at the end of June," assemblyman says

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/14/ny.same.sex.marriage/index.html

    This cant hurt the chances in California! ... icon_biggrin.gif
  • Timbales

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    Apr 15, 2009 1:26 AM GMT
    I'm not sure how I will feel if it becomes legal. I mean, after 16 years together, will be married change anything? I'm feeling sort of obligated to get married if it's allowed, and I don't know if I like that feeling.
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    Apr 15, 2009 1:30 AM GMT
    Don't worry Timb. I bet this dies the same death in the Senate it did when the GOP controlled it. We barely have a majority and several Dems were going to switch parties over same sex marriage (the compromise is that they were given plum committee seats. Barf).

    *edit*

    I forgot to mention that the Governor has all the political capital of a cantaloupe. Everyone knows Andrew Cuomo or the Republican will be governor after the upcoming election, with preliminary poling data showing Patterson losing by double digits to Cuomo, Guiliani, a generic GOP candidate, and a bushel of figs. Men like that can't move state senators like he needs to.
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    Apr 15, 2009 1:31 AM GMT
    A moment of silence for such an important development. A tear at the thought that it might actually happen.

    Despite the California setback, is the tide finally turning? Decades from now, what moment will historians decide was the critical moment when the balance finally tipped in favor of gay rights?
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    Apr 15, 2009 1:58 AM GMT
    Timberoo saidI'm not sure how I will feel if it becomes legal. I mean, after 16 years together, will be married change anything? I'm feeling sort of obligated to get married if it's allowed, and I don't know if I like that feeling.

    Oh this is interesting. Tell us more.

    Does your partner feel the same way?
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    Apr 15, 2009 2:01 AM GMT
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    Timberoo saidI'm not sure how I will feel if it becomes legal. I mean, after 16 years together, will be married change anything? I'm feeling sort of obligated to get married if it's allowed, and I don't know if I like that feeling.

    Oh this is interesting. Tell us more.

    Does your partner feel the same way?


    I don't know. It's not something we've really talked about.

    Wouldn't a wedding after a couple has been together this long seem odd?
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    Apr 15, 2009 3:09 AM GMT
    Timberoo said
    Caslon10000 said
    Timberoo saidI'm not sure how I will feel if it becomes legal. I mean, after 16 years together, will be married change anything? I'm feeling sort of obligated to get married if it's allowed, and I don't know if I like that feeling.

    Oh this is interesting. Tell us more.

    Does your partner feel the same way?


    I don't know. It's not something we've really talked about.

    Wouldn't a wedding after a couple has been together this long seem odd?

    Oh is that all. I thought you might be having feelings that after all these years of trusting each other to be there based only on your love....well, to "legalize it" ...set it in a "legal context" ...to establish "legal bonds" ...would somehow taint and cheapen the real bonds that hold you together.

    But I can see your point.

    I suppose you could just quietly get married without even having to tell anybody. But it would provide you with all those "legal" benefits.
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    Apr 15, 2009 3:52 AM GMT
    You know it truly amazes me that homosexuality is still an issue in the USA, of today. You would of thought it the country to lead the way.

    Did Mr Obama say,: America is not a religus country....

    Me thinks it is.
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    Apr 15, 2009 3:57 AM GMT
    I love New York, and New Yorkers. They'll invest in anything as long as they know it'll earn them a buck, lol.
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    Apr 15, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    Like any other bill that was a good idea and sound public policy, this gay marriage bill will never become law because of all the endless political bickering in Albany. Plus the primitive-minded, whiny conservatives will form a strong opposition and drag out the legislative process to a point that this gay marriage bill will die in committee and we will end up with nothing. What else is new in the most fucked up, dysfunctional state in the USA. Gay marriage will never happen in New York. Furthermore with our state's grave financial problems with never ending ballooning deficits, gay marriage is not an important issue at this time.
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    Apr 15, 2009 11:01 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said gay marriage is not an important issue at this time.


    Economies rise and fall. Human rights always matter.
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    Apr 17, 2009 4:12 PM GMT
    Rather than start a new thread about this, I am posted the speech Gov. Patterson made when introducing the Marriage Equality Bill.