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Uma Thurman Supports Marriage Equality in New York (VIDEO)

Uma Thurman Supports Marriage Equality in New York (VIDEO)

Actress Uma Thurman has recorded a video for the Human Rights Campaign’s New Yorkers for Marriage Equality initiative in support of New York becoming the sixth and largest state to approve same-sex marriage.

In the video, Thurman argues that marriage equality is in fact a conservative value and asks that others join the “super-majority” in support of marriage equality. Thurman ends saying, “The time is now. The time is for New York to lead again.”

Wednesday saw lawmakers in New York’s Democratically-controlled Assembly pass Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s program bill to legalize marriage equality by a bipartisan 80-63 vote.

The fate of the bill now rests with the Senate where Republican leaders, who enjoy a slim majority in the upper chamber, continue to “conference” the issue. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Long Island, previously said that he would not block the measure from coming to the floor but has made no formal commitment on this.

With 31 votes already secured, two of which are from Republican legislators James Alesi and Roy McDonald, it is widely thought that if brought to the floor the bill would garner the 32 votes needed for it to pass given that around four other conservative lawmakers are rumored to support the legislation.

Indeed, NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters on Thursday that, having attended a conference meeting where the issue was discussed, he believed there was support enough for the bill to pass should it reach the floor, adding that he had talked to several senators and had received the impression they would vote favorably, specifically mentioning John Flanagan, Mark Grisanti and Andrew Lanza, all of whom have not yet publicly voiced their support for the legislation.

The legislative session ends Monday June 20, though an extension to that session is possible given that other legislative matters have also yet to be resolved.

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For previous coverage of efforts to legalize marriage equality in New York, please click here.

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4:41AM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

Those who express views that go something like this : "Well I feel ok with civil unions but don't talk to me about marriage when it comes to gays" are basically "heterosexual proud". It makes them feel uncomfortable to think that gays are encroaching on their "pure" territory. Come on guys - feel a little uncomfortable if thats what it takes to help others come out of a position MASSIVELY less comfortable than yours..(From someone who is heterosexual but who is neither proud nor not-proud of that fact... - its just the way I was made - just as you were too.)

12:42PM PDT on Jun 19, 2011

TY UMA!!

9:05AM PDT on Jun 19, 2011

Good for her.

8:48AM PDT on Jun 19, 2011

Huh. What Pete M. said makes a lot of sense. I never thought of it that way before.

We have the thousands of years old writings of ancient ignorant tribal desert barbarians which CLEARLY indicates that God did not, in fact, make Steve. I mean surely when you look at it that way, it makes all the sense in the world! No Steve, no gays, no gay marriage.

He only made 2 people, ever. And they were the representative examples of how EVERY person should live their lives in all places and all times.

Isn't it time we ALL started to obey the fanciful writings of ancient tribal barbarians who barely knew their goat's ass from a whole in the ground? Surely doing so would make the world a much better place. After all they really DID have all the answers.

8:00AM PDT on Jun 19, 2011

You don't have to like it, but as an American you have to allow the same rights for all citizens.

As for marriage being use in the "right" context, I have seen enough affairs just from our politicians. Is that the right "context"?

And just to let old-fashioned know, I am in my fifth decade, heterosexual, and believe in the same rights for all adult American citizens. Old fashioned to me means being stuck in the past, not looking to the future or living in the present.

7:35AM PDT on Jun 19, 2011

God created Adam and Eve not Steve!!!!!

3:55PM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

Way to go, Uma.

11:32AM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

"Jill R. says:
Sorry folks - I don't agree. Call me old fashioned - but marriage is for two people of opposite sexes. I'm not against 2 people of the same sex get together - just don't call it marriage. That word is already taken and is used in the right context."

My thoughts exactly.

10:40AM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

Hi Jill R... You are old-fashioned. You asked :p

10:38AM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

Hoping Cuomo will hold the Senate in session.

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