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The Freedom To Marry: What's Next After New York?

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: politics, ethics, government, gay rights, marriage equality, usa, news )

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With Friday's vote for families and fairness, the number of Americans living in states with the freedom to marry more than doubled, from 16 million to 35 million.


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Past Member (0)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 7:44 pm
What is the point in getting married? Living together is not a crime.

Terry King (113)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 8:14 pm
I predict a minor outbreak of sanity!

Saturday June 25, 2011, 8:20 pm

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 11:00 pm
Humanity and compassion prevail Thank Goodness!
What next? The rest of the USA sates, of course.

Rhonda Maness (580)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 12:14 am
Thanks Cal

Arielle S (313)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 8:26 am
Great news - here's hoping the rest of the states catch up.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 8:46 am

Charla D (67)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 9:02 am
Good news. There's no valid reason why two consenting adults, regardless of gender or sexual preference, shouldn't be able to marry if they so choose.

Kamila A (141)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 12:32 pm
I am proud to be a New Yorker.

donald Baumgartner (6)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 12:39 pm
GOOD news from NY!!

Charles Wallis (111)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 12:56 pm
What happened to California?! Oh, yeah secret money secretly moved in and pitted minority against minority. Good job NY.

Alice B (241)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 2:33 pm
NOTED - please those of you who ask "what's so great about marriage" simply to say to yourselves, on the flipside, "what's so great about prohibiting marriage to mutually consenting adults who love one another but who just happen to be of the same sex." *THAT'S WHAT THE QUESTION IS* and thankfully the NY State legislature has answered that question by changing a rotten discriminatory law at their State level.

I'm speaking as a longtime out bisexual elder/woman - and, once again I ask my own question, from my own point of view: "Which half of me 'deserves' the legal right to marry - and which half doesn't?"

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 3:17 pm
David, David, just when I think you might have a brain in your head, you make a comment like this : 'What is the point in getting married? Living together is not a crime'. Please, educate yourself.

Rights and responsibilities of marriages in the United States

GAO report: 1,138 federal benefits denied to same-sex couples


Sherry D (47)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 4:35 pm
Wow! Maybe the next step will be health care for everyone. What a wonderful world that would be.

William Y (54)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 5:30 pm
To paraphrase what I said in another topic, now 6 rational states only 44, still in the dark ages to go.

Tracey D (9)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 6:41 pm
Good news from NY

Lisa H (180)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 6:57 pm
Trust me David, the MONEY it costs my partner and I to be denied the right to marry in California would buy me a new car this year alone! Thank goodness for the NY vote! Maybe now the Mormons will leave California alone and let us get back to liberal politics!

Ancil S (175)
Monday June 27, 2011, 12:05 am
This is fabulous news! Who are we in this so-called "civilized" society to dictate who people can love? Everybody has the right to love whoever she/he wants,without being judged or ridiculed.

Tracey Morgan (0)
Monday June 27, 2011, 2:47 am
I feel so lucky that in this country same sex couples can enter into Civil Partnerships. My partner & I have been together for 28 years & are actually happy to stay as we are. But for all the reasons that Jae states so well, at least we know we have the right & the option if we decide to go that route. People who love each other should have that right, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. I can see the reasoning behind the "why bother" arguments, when so many marriages these days end in Divorce & many of them after so short a length of time.
However the right to do that has to be there for everyone, even if it does not work out, at least then both parties have the protection of the law. My partner & I do not choose to marry, but we are grateful to know that we have the freedom to do so. & it has been a joy to watch our other Gay friends being able to enter iinto Civil Partnerships. WELL DONE NEW YORK

Mary Anne B (202)
Monday June 27, 2011, 4:48 am
Does anyone out there believe that homosexuaality can be a thing you get from birth? God loves the sinner, , but hates the sin.

Past Member (0)
Monday June 27, 2011, 5:39 am
"Does anyone out there believe that homosexuaality can be a thing you get from birth?" - Yes. - If 'god' created us he/she also created homosexuals.

Deborah C (18)
Monday June 27, 2011, 5:56 am
Thanks for article.

Dan(iel) M (25)
Monday June 27, 2011, 6:31 am
Thanks for posting Cal. Let's hope the wave continues across the country!!!!!

Teresa W (782)
Monday June 27, 2011, 7:29 am
thank you

William Y (54)
Monday June 27, 2011, 7:39 am
@ Lilith Cohen, what does a biblical passage have to do with this. Not everybody, believes in the Bible.

. (0)
Monday June 27, 2011, 10:23 am
Stating he fully supports gay marriage will absolutely make a difference in Obama's campaign. Although, it was a Republican controlled Senate in NY who nailed the vote - proving with cooperation, things can get accomplished.

Past Member (0)
Monday June 27, 2011, 11:59 am
Lilith, can you say, 'separation of church and State?' All of you homophobes better get use to it. Equal rights for all will soon be the law of the land. I guess there is something you can do about it...go to your church and pray to your homophobic god. See how far that gets you.

New Yorkers should be very proud, while Calif should hang it's head in shame. Although, Prop 8 will soon be relegated to the dust bin of history, the attempt to write discrimination into our Constitution should be a warning to us all how dangerous some religions can be.


Alicia N (87)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 3:24 pm
gladly noted, I hope the rest of the states will catch up.
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