Love Wins in New York!

The New York State Senate tonight passed a law that makes same-sex marriage legal in the U.S.’s 3rd most populous state. With this vote, New York becomes the sixth state in the Union to allow same-sex marriage, joining Iowa, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Same-sex marriage is also legal in Washington, D.C. Same-sex couples in both California and Maine once both enjoyed marriage equality, but voter initiatives in both states made same-sex marriage illegal once again.

Map of marriage equality in the US

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4 Responses to Love Wins in New York!

  1. lee crane says:

    Thanks for the fabulous event in San Francisco City Hall. I paid my $20 and had a great time. HOWEVER, there was no theme to the party, made no since. Everyone was a VIP; made no since…there was a Premium VIP??? The mission of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee is to educate the world, commemorate our heritage, celebrate our culture, and liberate our people. Therefore, why the differentiation between Premium VIPs, VIPs, and regular gays? If we want to liberate our people, shouldn’t we all be equal?
    If there was a theme this year, I sure didn’t get it. Was there a theme? And if so, why wasn’t it exploited! I have a few ideas… How about Gay Marriage, or Gay Adoption, or Gays in the Military??? And of course how have you forgotten AIDS? It still exists and is a threat that needs to be discussed! These are ideas to base a party on!!! These are issues that people will pay money to party for!!! I know money is tight, but ideas are cheap. The economy will get better, but we need to face the issues and be more creative in the way we raise money.
    Gay Pride Events are huge money makers! Make them fun and with a cause and people will come, regardless of the cost! Celebration just for being gay is done and passé. Celebration for the right to be who we are and what we believe in is our goal.

  2. J.J. says:

    I agree with your point about the differentiation. It doesn’t feel good to be sorted and categorized by the size of our wallets or the titles behind our names. There were many unable to attend the VIP Party, much less the “premium” VIP gathering. Still, I’m not convinced that these events are the primary focus of SF Pride. They certainly aren’t huge money makers. In the midst of the excitement and celebration, I did take a moment to look around and find important messages. Last year it was about marriage. This year, I took notice of several articles and many interviews that addressed the issues that are obviously very important to you, as they are to me. Attendees of the Celebration were greeted at the gate and asked to stand up for LGBT youth and make a donation. That same message was on the cover of many publications. There were interviews and articles written in several highly circulated publications this year (Weekly, BAR, InsidePride, Examiner, etc.) that addressed LGBT families (the Family Garden and those organizations that collaborate to bring this to the Celebration), the anniversary of AIDS, LGBT youth as victims of bullying, and how best our LGBT youth can enjoy a better quality of life. I see where you’re coming from – I’d be frustrated too. There’s never a perfect year. But I sincerely believe that each year it gets closer and closer to it.

  3. Ken Hodges says:

    I think it’s great that we have so much going on and coming up with Pride Parades in San Francisco and San Jose, CA. I still think the biggest goal in my own opinion is the reversing of the travesty and human oppression and denial of rights that is Prop 8 (ie- Prop Hate). I don’t want to be told NO if I want to get married and be a ‘wife’. To have California join New York will be a major victory and with work. increasing numbers, information and quick press releases to counter smears and mistruths and dedication there is no reason we can’t achieve it. Ken Hodges,
    Saratoga, CA. e-mail:

  4. Bob Sodervick says:

    The fact that individuals define themselves in a significant way through their intimate relationships with others suggests that in a State and Nation as diverse as ours, that there may be many right ways of conducting those relationships.
    It also suggests that in a variety of circumstances, we have to recognize that giving individuals freedom to choose how to conduct their lives, is acceptance of the fact that different individuals will make different choices.
    Freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of freedom is the right to differ about things that touch the heart of the existing order.
    It is precisely because the issue raised by the Proposition 8 lawsuit over same-sex marriages touches the heart of what makes individuals what they are that we should be especially sensitive to the rights of those whose choices upset the majority.

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