And yet loving and committed LGBT couples are still not allowed to marry in the majority of the United States!!!
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A Cuomo presidency in 2016…why not!?! Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at the 2011 Empire State Pride Agenda Fall Dinner.
To President Barack Obama:
Get off your ass! Your slow moving response to repealing the Defense of Marriage Act is tearing up the lives of families.
If gay and lesbians were allowed the same federal benefits of marriage, then Anthony John Makk would still be able to reside with his spouse of seven years, Bradford Wells. Instead Makk, who married Wells in Massachusetts in 2004 and is a citizen of Australia, has been told that he has to leave the US by August 25th.
This is just a reminder that the struggle for equality is far from over. New York may have passed a marriage equality bill in June. But that was only a small step towards full marriage equality in the United States.
So, Mr. President, what exactly can you do? Repeal DOMA, while you’re at it how about speeding up that “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal!?!
It may not seem urgent to you because you know that none of the gays will vote for Romney, or Bachmann, or any of the other Republican nominees in 2012. But you’re not winning yourself any new fans, either.
Phyllis Siegal, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84, were the first same-sex couple to marry in New York City today!
They have been together for 23 years. This is truly a momentous day in the fight towards full equality for the LGBT community. Congratulations to all LGBT couples getting married today!
But as we celebrate let us also remember this is only the beginning. We still need to fight for equality on a federal level and in the rest of the 44 states.
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We’ve come a long way since the Stonewall Riots of 1969 but there is still a long way to go for full LGBT equality. As New York City celebrates Gay Pride today, remember all those that have come before us!
New York has a lot to celebrate today!!! Thank you to those senators in Albany for voting on marriage equality!!! Thank you to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his unending support!!! Thank you to all of the gay rights activists who peacefully protested in Albany!!! Thank you to all of our straight supporters and allies!!!
Happy Gay Pride to all of you!!!
From the New York Times:
Mr. Cuomo invited the Republicans to visit him at the governor’s residence, a 40-room Victorian mansion overlooking the Hudson River, just a few blocks from the Capitol.
There, in a speech the public would never hear, he offered his most direct and impassioned case for allowing gays to wed. Gay couples, he said, wanted recognition from the state that they were no different than the lawmakers in the room. “Their love is worth the same as your love,” Mr. Cuomo said. “Their partnership is worth the same as your partnership. And they are equal in your eyes to you. That is the driving issue.”
Thank you Governor for your hard work, determination, and support that you have shown the LGBT citizens of your state!