June 24, 2011

STATE OF NEW YORK SUPPORTS EQUALITY FOR ALL

Governor Cuomo Signs Historic Legislation (photo credit: Nathan Brooks NY Times)

Albany, New York: The New York State Senate passed a bill to extend the right to marry the partner of one's choice tonight, in a historic vote, becoming the sixth, and most populous state in the nation, that recognizes same sex unions. The bill will become law in 30 days, as Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the measure immediately after it's passage. Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, and Massachusetts currently recognize equality, as well as the District of Columbia.

Wanda Sykes famously said "If you don't support same-sex marriage, then don't marry someone of the same sex."

The New York Times reported:

During a brief recess during the voting, Shirley Huntley, a Queens Democrat who had only recently come out in support of same sex marriage, strode from her seat to the back of the Senate chamber to congratulate Daniel J. O’Donnell, an openly gay Manhattan lawmaker who sponsored the legislation in the Assembly. 
They hugged, and Mr. O’Donnell, standing with his longtime partner, teared up. 
"We’re going to invite you to our wedding” Mr. O’Donnell said. “Now we have to figure out how to pay for one."

A person's sexuality is an immutable trait that cannot be changed through prayer, via surgery, or by taking any medication. While politicians and religious leaders want you to believe that sexuality is a choice, the only choice one has to make if you are gay, is whether to live in or out of the closet. Our country has thousands of laws on the books that codify discrimination towards millions of Americans, simply because they were born this way (thank you Lady GaGa!), and we all must work to change that.

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