N.Y. Becomes 6th State To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage Legislation

Gov. Cuomo Signs Bill Into Law; Archbishop Dolan Condemns Decision

Updated at 1:13 a.m., June 24, 2011

ALBANY (CBSNewYork/AP) — The right of same-sex couples to wed became reality in New York state late Friday night after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the controversial Marriage Equality Act into law.

The Democratic governor signed the measure shortly before midnight, following up on a promise to put his name on the legislation as soon as he received it rather than wait the usual 10 days to sign it for it to become law.

Cuomo was put in position to act after the Republican-controlled Senate ended a week of heated protests and thoughtful debate by narrowly voting in favor of the bill 90 minutes earlier.

Advocates are calling it a historic step as New York is now the sixth but by far the largest state to legalize same-sex marriage. Cuomo’s signature means same-sex weddings could begin within 30 days.

“The past six months we didn’t work like we were Democrats and Republicans. We worked as New Yorkers,” Cuomo said at a press conference following the much-anticipated vote. “People of the state of New York were engaged in this session. They weighed in and they made a difference. Democracy works when people speak and the people spoke in volumes.

“This state when it is at its finest is a beacon for social justice. The legacy of this state was we were the progressive capital of the country. The other states look to New York for the progressive direction. And we reached a new level of social justice this evening.”

The bill was sent to the floor just after 5:30 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos announced the bill would brought up for an “up or down vote.” At approximately 10:30 p.m. the Marriage Equality Act passed by a vote of 33-29, setting off a cascade of cheers and jeers inside the chamber and all over the state.

“We are leaders and we join other proud states that recognize our families and the battle will now go on in other states,” said Sen. Thomas Duane, a Democrat.

The nation’s third-most populous state joins Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C., in allowing same-sex couples to wed.

Earlier Friday night, the Assembly passed amendments protecting religious groups that oppose gay marriage from discrimination lawsuits. Amid cheers, the Assembly passed the religious exemptions by a vote of 82-47. The chamber passed the main gay marriage bill a week ago.

But the real story unfolded later in the evening when Senate, following several recesses and statements pro and against, passed the bill.

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan quickly condemned the decision, releasing the following statement:

“The passage by the Legislature of a bill to alter radically and forever humanity’s historic understanding of marriage leaves us deeply disappointed and troubled.

“We strongly uphold the Catholic Church’s clear teaching that we always treat our homosexual brothers and sisters with respect, dignity and love. But we just as strongly affirm that marriage is the joining of one man and one woman in a lifelong, loving union that is open to children, ordered for the good of those children and the spouses themselves. This definition cannot change, though we realize that our beliefs about the nature of marriage will continue to be ridiculed, and that some will even now attempt to enact government sanctions against churches and religious organizations that preach these timeless truths.

“We worry that both marriage and the family will be undermined by this tragic presumption of government in passing this legislation that attempts to redefine these cornerstones of civilization.

“Our society must regain what it appears to have lost – a true understanding of the meaning and the place of marriage, as revealed by God, grounded in nature, and respected by America’s foundational principles.”

The Catholic League of New York echoed Dolan’s concerns.

“It hasn’t been approved by the people. It’s the legislators that have shoved this down people’s throat,” director of communications Jeff Field said. “To redefine it to be between a man and a man or a woman and a woman, why stop there? Why not a man and two women or a man and two men? Where does it stop?”

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was lauded by the governor for championing the same-sex marriage cause from the beginning, called the vote “a historic triumph for equality and freedom.”

CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey reports the streets of lower Manhattan were filled with jubilation as news of the vote came down.

“I can’t say enough about this. It’s really amazing,” said Cathryn Guerriere of Brooklyn.

“It means all of my friends can finally do the thing that they wanted to do, that I can do. It means that we’re equal,” said Alison Casillo of Peter Cooper Village.

“Anyone that wants to get married in the state can. It was always a civil rights issue and now the choice is theirs,” Mark Kerrigan said.

The vote was a crucial victory for Gov. Cuomo, who said same-sex marriage was a top priority.

“It’s a big step forward. I’m so excited. We’ve been working on this for decades,” said Gilbert Baker of Harlem.

“We’ll get married one day but not next week. We’re not stepping into City Hall tomorrow morning,” Flatiron’s Alex Kristoxeak said with a smile.

Earlier in the evening the measure gained serious momentum as a veteran Republican senator said he would vote “yes,” seemingly giving the bill the support it needed to become law. Senator Stephen Saland said he had long been undecided. He voted against a similar bill in 2009, helping kill the measure and dealing a blow to the national gay rights movement. Before he announced his intention on Friday night, 31 senators were in favor, one short of a majority.

“While I understand that my vote will disappoint many, I also know my vote is a vote of conscience,” Saland said in a statement prior to the vote. “I am doing the right thing in voting to support marriage equality.”

It turned out, Saland provided the passage with some cushion.

Protesters had crowded the halls of the state Capitol for days, hoping and praying for and against the gay marriage bill. They had been wondering if the issue would ever be brought to a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Sources told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer that the bill was put in position to be brought to the floor because a new round of protections for religious institutions had been secured.

New Yorkers United for Marriage, an advocacy group, said “We remain steadfast in our demand that the state uphold its obligation to the people of the state of New York and allow a vote on marriage equality.”

Senate leaders met behind closed doors for hours Friday. Some members reportedly didn’t want to see the politically charged issue drag on into the weekend and against the Gay Pride Parade in Manhattan on Sunday and religious services in churches throughout the state, which would have given priests and ministers opposed to same-sex marriage another opportunity to sermonize against it.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond With New Yorkers United For Marriage And State Senator Michael Gianaris/%20

Opponents of the measure have vowed to vote against Republicans who supported the measure. Thursday, many at the Capitol chanted “If you vote yes, we will vote you out.”

Al Jones of 1010 WINS reported that around 3 p.m., Republican senators were holding a closed-door meeting to decide whether to send the bill to the floor for a vote. Deputy Majority Leader Thomas Libous, a Broome County Republican, said GOP senators didn’t want to further stretch the 2011 session, which was supposed to have ended Monday.

Senate Democrats said the Republicans were mismanaging important bills, including gay marriage.

“Where is marriage?” asked Democratic Sen. Liz Krueger of Manhattan. “Bring it to the floor. Conventional wisdom is that if it comes to the floor, it will pass. Why not bring it to the floor? It’s outrageous.”

“Instead, we were discussing corn and onions most of the week,” she said, referring to a debate over naming the state vegetable.

Senator Adriano Espaillat, another Democrat from Manhattan, noted the fervent demonstrators waiting for a vote.

“We should stop playing with peoples’ lives,” Espaillat said. “I have been here 14 years. I haven’t seen this level of passion and anxiety … it’s very scary right now.”

Lawmakers had been focused on amendments that would protect religious groups from discrimination lawsuits in the event that they do not want to perform gay marriage ceremonies. Thursday’s meetings went late into the evening, wrapping up at 11 p.m. Republican Sen. Greg Ball, who said he would vote against the measure, nonetheless said it would likely pass if it comes to a full Senate vote.

New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly was asked if he was at all concerned about the possibility of pop-up demonstrations, especially during Sunday’s parade.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb With NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

“You know, it is what it is. We’re a big police force. We’re able to react to those sorts of things. It’s something that we have to do,” he says.

Kelly said the department has deployed additional resources where the parade ends on Christopher Street, as he put it, because that event goes well into the night and the celebration goes into Monday morning.

Are you glad the bill passed? Sound off in our comments section.

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One Comment

  1. simon says:

    yet another story that validates our decision to get out of NY!!

  2. Brian Edward says:

    It’s amazing that so much energy is put into an issue that affects approximately 5% of the US population.

    HOWEVER, having a State decide on what it wants for its residents is EXACTLY how the US is supposed to perform on matters such as this. If you live in NY and don’t like this decision, there is nothing stopping you from moving elsewhere.

    I hope this never becomes a Federal law do to its polarizing nature. That why it is perfect for having the states decide what they want to do. Though I wonder how the people of upstate NY feel about this?

  3. A voice crying in the wilderness says:

    Another nail in America’s coffin

  4. mary says:

    To everyone who is in support of gay marriage but against the Bible; if the bible is so fictional why do you want to be apart of something that is so religious???!

    1. Robert says:

      So well said Mary! Please pray for those who believe in/support SSM that they may find healing and conversion through the Holy Trinity.

    2. Erik says:

      The laws you are granted by the government are not religious in nature. That is why your logic – to say nothing of your conclusion – is completely out of touch.

  5. Ned Schnittt says:

    Wow, what a sad commentary on marriage this is.

  6. Robert says:

    Same Sex Marriage = Condemnation
    Romans 1:24-27
    Therefore, God handed them over to impurity through the lusts of their hearts for the mutual degradation of their bodies.
    They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
    Therefore, God handed them over to degrading passions. Their females exchanged natural relations for unnatural,
    and the males likewise gave up natural relations with females and burned with lust for one another. Males did shameful things with males and thus received in their own persons the due penalty for their perversity.

    1. Rodin says:

      @ Robert
      due penalty for their perversity.

      “Of all possible sexual perversions, religion is the only one to have ever been scientifically systematized.”

      French poet, novelist and editor and member of the Académie Goncourt
      (1897 – 1982)

  7. Chad says:

    It’s sad. Immorality has wrapped itself in the guise of “freedom” and “equal rights” and the populace just fall right in line…even celebrating society’s march toward self destruction. How long before a gay couple sues mother nature for being unable to pro-create with one another? God ordained marriage between one man and one woman. Those that “voted their conscious” will have quite a change of conscious on that great Day of Judgment that is coming soon whether you believe it right now or not. Sadly for them, it will be too late. America is sacrificing its greatness that was bestowed on it by the Creator. And some of you foolishly think this is some civil rights issue. Killing babies in the womb by the millions…men marrying men…when the moral fiber of a nation is shredded, so to will the nation be in time. History has proven this time and time again.

    1. Edward Jefferson says:

      Chad – The populace is not falling right in line. This is only affecting 5% of the US population, though they are a very vocal 5%. This latest news will not make anyone become gay. There is a huge percentage of the population that is for traditional marriage and that will never change. That percentage with traditional American values will just need to reproduce more frequently. Planning on having 2 kids, then make it 3 kids instead. Raise them right. It doesn’t take a village to raise a child, it takes good parenting.

      As much as you hear about gays being denied ‘equal rights’, the US is extremely tolerant of a gay lifestyle. No gays are being rounded up at night and beaten/murdered in the US. However, I hope those gay couples never take a romantic trip to a Middle Eastern country.

  8. M.A.D. says:

    Unbelievable!! so much time and money spent in nonsense. At least the most important law was past…rent control.

  9. Stephany says:

    Just be happy love is being respected and celebrated”
    In all it shapes and form, imagine you could not marry someone you love, it should not be based who it is but how strong that union is”
    We are no one to judge in this life time, we are not god.
    I had a dream about this and woke up to see the amazing news, my dream came true, I will always support love. This is a huge progress, am so happy I get grow up in this generation and for one day my children whether be gay or straight.

  10. IwonderWHY? says:

    The institution of marriage was implemented by the “church” to promote family, love, commitment and stability to a human race that often tends to spiral in the wrong direction. Marriage was implemented, clearly, as a holy event between a man and a woman. Why would any LGBT want to associate or be part of an institution that they loathe? It does not make sense. It has everything to do with rights and benefits not the term “marriage”. This non-representative vote would have been avoided if a bill was passed that provided LGBT’s the right ot civil unions with ALL benefits that heterosexual married couples are afforded. Why should the term “marriage” be applied to a non-inteded population who decided to get married? Call it a “union with married rights.” The federal, state or city governments should not litigate over redifining institutions established by religions. This is shaky ground NY has walked on. Good luck to all LGBT but wait till you have to file for divorce….those lawyers are not cheap!

    1. Bob Fowler says:

      Please allow me to correct you, meaning no offense…

      Marriage and Sabbath are the 2 laws that existed before the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. That even supersedes anything that a man made religion was able to come up with. God didn’t make religion, man did, to allow man to feel superior to others by being able to claim a closer place next to God.

      That being said, God joined one man with one woman, but nowhere did he join 2 of the same together. Marriage was a religious institution that was incorporated into civil law. Its base is in religion, and therefore should be looked upon by the standards of religious belief, not secular law.

      That is why this law is wrong. It has nothing to do with gay or straight. Gays should be entitled to the same rights (not any better) as everyone else. That being said though, girls don’t belong in Boy Scouts anymore than gays belong in religious ceremonies.

      1. Rodin says:

        Oh, my! I hope it’s not contagious.

        You two make a whole. Now I’ve heard it ALL. I AM SPEECHLESS (not an easy accomplishment). I need a drink. I think I’ll get some lunch.

  11. StaightArrow says:

    Move over Sodom & Gamorah, here comes “enlightened” NY. All you God-haters can kiss off……better yet ESAD.

  12. Bob Fowler says:

    Why doesn’t anyone address the question that I raised regarding the pieces not fitting together? Is there no logical answer? Maybe, biology was set up to mean one form column A and one from column B?

    1. Logical says:

      Nature will take care of all of these issues….we need a fresh start as a human race.

      1. Bob Fowler says:

        How will nature give a man plumbing for conceiving? How will nature allow a woman to have sperm to fertilize the egg? If the parts don’t fit, you must acquit.

    2. Dee says:

      Oh I agree Bob. Anyone can see that a woman was made for man, the pieces fit to together. Americans are just so gullible and believe everything that has “equal rights” attached to it. Soon more than two consenting adults who love each other will want to get married. Guess what they are going to say? Equal Rights! Equal Rights! We all have equal rights under the law. Then ignorant Americans are going to buy into it hook line and sinker.

  13. J Perry says:

    Deuteronomy 29:22-23:
    “Your children who follow you in later generations and foreigners who come from distant lands will see the calamities that have fallen on the land and the diseases with which the LORD has afflicted it. The whole land will be a burning waste of salt and sulfur—nothing planted, nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing on it. It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.”

    1. Rodin says:

      LOBOTOMY 29:22-23:
      “Your children who follow you in later generations and foreigners who come from distant lands will see the calamities that have fallen on the land and the diseases with which the LORD has afflicted it. The whole land will be a burning waste of salt and sulfur—nothing planted, nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing on it. It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.”

      1. Chad says:

        Rodin…why don’t you go celebrate with your boyfriend. I hear there’s a run on KY Jelly in NY today…better hurry.

      2. Rodin says:

        My wife won’t let me.

  14. retiredcoach says:

    The very fact that there are religious exemptions- points out that the legislators know that they are instigating a law that goes against the 3 major religions of the world and against God’s laws!
    Any voter FOR this disgusting mangling of 6,000 years traditional marriage will be soon be voted OUT!

  15. JustSayNoNow says:

    The Republicans that voted for Gay Marriage should start looking for another job…. they’ll be out for sure – as they should.

    1. Rodin says:

      See comment below, cow.

  16. Pete says:

    At the next election we have to clean up this mess and repeal the pervert law. That the Democrats would vote for it was expected, but that a Republican crossed the line and became a “Judas”, this bothers me. We have to identify these crossovers and vote them out of office fast before more damage is done.

    1. Rodin says:

      I never thought I’d praise a modern day Republican but these are truly courageous to split from the herd.

      1. Chad says:

        Rodin…why don’t you get of the computer and go celebrate with your boyfriend. I hear there’s a run on KY jelly in NY today.

      2. Rodin says:

        You already said that. This must be the only answer you have. How dull! How repetitive! Can’t you come up with something, if not clever, at least different?

        No arguments, resort to insult, dull boy.

  17. William says:

    Your equality reasons are more than fair and there is no reason why people should even be discussing this matter.
    Being a Christian i see the push for having the rights to share healthcare, pension, etc…whatever may the case be for the use of your paid taxes. God give us the liberty to live life as we please, and one day we will be held responsible for our action, just as any other crime we commit in society we will be held responsible in front of a judge.
    But with the same freedom of living as we please, there should also be the same freedom in believing and not believing in same sex marriage and “Mandating” that all churches perform the marriage should not even be considered.

  18. William says:

    Everyone that is talking about God and saying that he is all love, that is very true, BUT listen to His words…..Come to me as you are, and once you get to know Me, I will cure and transform you life into a new person……God gives us the free will to do things that we choose to do, BUT one day we will also have to responsible for our acts in the presence of God. We are living the days that everything wrong before Gods eyes are becoming right, and all right things are become wrong.

    I hope these words can touch some lives, and have you think about Gods love.

  19. Rodin says:

    Timothy Dolan, bigot, burn in Hell!

    “We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.” ~ Oscar Wilde

    1. Rodin says:

      No, I’m the young one. I’m not in the City.

  20. WOLF says:

    I cannot believe all the negativity on here. Marriage is something that bonds together two individuals who truly love each other. It’s about time New York stepped up to the plate so we can push the hatred behind us.

  21. SS says:

    If man were to disappear from the earth, so would gays. It’s a human invention.

  22. nathan says:

    Your hateful comment has been reported.

    1. Rodin says:

      Mornin’, legit nathan.

      Please don’t report these comments. Let ignorance shine so the rest can learn!

  23. Micah says:

    Before long we will be called US of Gay! Someone had to say it. Besides, if anyone disagrees with someone, their stupid. Why do liberal insist that EVERYONE think like them? Let me apologize for INDIVIDUAL thinking. Cause baby their born that way.

    1. Rodin says:

      @ Micah

      “Someone had to say it.” And you volunteered to be the @ss?

  24. Deemee says:

    I’m just wondering if these marriages are recognized by the fed and what would happen in the case of immigration matters. Would a gay spouse be able to sponsor their wife/husband or whatever you call it?

  25. Bob Fowler says:

    If being gay is natural and right, then how come the parts don’t fit together? Biologically, the parts were designed to fit like a jigsaw puzzle, one male to one female. If you try to assemble the puzzle without fitting the pieces where they go, the picture never shows.

  26. nathan says:

    Its done. Deal with it.

  27. Bob Fowler says:

    Yippeee!!! Gay marriages are now legal in NY!!!

    Did it really make any difference in people’s behavior? Are more people going to turn gay in order to get their fair share under the law? The only thing that this law accomplished was not having to make people drive to Connecticut to get ‘married’.

    Sodom was destroyed because of debase lifestyles. The Roman Empire went the same path. As Americans, we always do things better than anyone else, so why not become the most debase, amoral society that ever existed? As a people, we have gone from being responsible for our own actions, to suing everyone for our failures. We kill more lives in our country daily than all of the rest of the world combined (executions, abortions, murders…). We have made decadence an ever lowering standard (look at tv commercials, magazine and billboard ads…).

    If I were God, I would make them take my name off of everything to do with America. Originally, I bet the USA was a good idea, but, when you surrender your values and standards, what did you really create? George Orwell would have been proud.

    1. Ste says:

      If you were god I would ask you to take your name off everything to do with America. Not everyone believes in a mystical sky wizard and zombie carpenters

      1. Bob Fowler says:

        That’s ok ste. God even loves you, no matter how you feel or what you believe.

      2. Rodin says:

        @ Fowl

        “Jesus may love you, but I think you’re garbage wrapped In skin.” ~ MICHAEL O’DONOHUGH

      3. Bob Fowler says:

        Yes I am, thank you.

  28. Timothy Turnstone says:

    Good for them, now they can get pregnant and have children just like the rest of us…

    1. Farley says:

      One can only imagine how unbalanced a child will be if they were raised by a gay couple. Feel free to live your lifestyle as you choose. No one will prevent you from that. But please, leave the kids out of this.

      1. Rodin says:

        Misinformed. Your assumption is not supported by any of the scientific evidence whatsoever.

  29. Exposo says:


    1. Rodin says:

      Absolutely right! You have the exact same EQUAL right as EVERYBODY else.

  30. David says:

    A national tragedy.

    A commemoration of this nation’s steady moral decline.

    Truly, a sad day.

    1. Dre says:

      NY 1, BIGOTS 0!!!!!

      A great day for this nation, showing we have tolerance and acceptance for all of God’s creatures.

      What is it you Republicans say…keep the government out of my life? Oh yea, keep them out, except in the bedroom…then the government is allowed in.

      1. Rodin says:


        I bet you’re a Christian … or something like that.

  31. exposo says:

    They are having some sort of parade on Sunday.

    We should have a counter demonstration.

    1. Cre says:

      I hope you do, so we can easily find all the bigots and low lifes in NY and mock you accordingly.

  32. Exposo says:

    We need to impose a Christian version of shaaria law!

  33. In God I Will Always Trust says:

    Vote them out! They used their power, you use yours!!!!!!

  34. domebaby says:

    This is SO wrong. We need to elect a tidal wave of conservatives PRONTO.
    This must be undone.

    1. Dee says:

      Sorry, not everyone in NY is a bigot like you, never going to happen in NY…move down south where bigotry and ignorance is celebrated as a positive trait.

      1. chaz says:

        Ah, so many of you New Yorkers are so enlightened. You really should spend some time in the south before you include us all in your broad generalizations.

  35. Joseph says:

    I guarantee the section allowing exception for religious groups will be overturned in short order. Legislators who claim not to have understood this are either stupid or lying and shouldn’t be in office. Gay activists hate the church and to say otherwise is insulting. All you have to do is read the comments to prove this.

  36. khannan says:

    I’ve learned that people who have strong feelings against gay marriage usually don’t have any logic to back it up. They talk about what God wants, but really practice selective Christianity (how many bother with Matthew 19:21: “Jesus answered, ‘Go and sell all your possessions and give your money to the poor”?)

    On that note. I’ve been paying taxes for 24 years now, never having collected unemployment, disability, or tapped into the system in any way. If you really don’t want me to have all the same benefits as you, then tell you what: give me back my taxes as well. Or am I worthy enough to pay into the system, but not receive its benefits? It should cut both ways, shouldn’t it?

    Get over it people – gay relationships have always existed and always will continue to exist. All that happened in New York today is that the government will recognize them. If a gay person does not have a partner or family to care for them, then guess who has to do it: society. We are adults caring for each other and each other’s families, we work, we pay taxes, we commit. If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t marry a gay person.

    1. Anatole Pushkin says:

      Speak for yourself!

  37. sambo says:

    Gay Marriage = Child Abuse.
    A girl cannot learn how to be a proper woman from two men; and a boy cannot learn to be a proper man from two women. To intentionally deprive a child of a mother and father is a crime against humanity.

    1. Bob Fowler says:

      WRONG!!! A girl will learn how to disrespect men and be led to believe that women belong with women. Boys will learn that girls are icky, and that the outbox has a dual purpose. That is the way the world was supposed to be. It just took the unsophisticated and religious zealots centuries to give in to the concept.

      As for me, I am glad they are going to create these new families. This will control the population explosion, global warming, and violent sex crimes. It is only child abuse if it is done by the majority. Special interest groups don’t get held to the same standards. But that doesn’t make them equal now, does it? And isn’t that what they have always claimed to want?

  38. jgderuvo says:

    Once again, a weak Republican sells out his principles.

  39. jo says:

    Dont worry, as we speak there are large groups forming who are fed up with these freaks getting all these special rights. STRAIGHTEN OUT AMERICA will come to power soon and crush all these freaks back down under ground where they belong. And it will be done at any cost!!!!! We will WIN

    1. Dee says:

      It must be a very very special place in your delusional mind

  40. Pete says:

    Remember every November who voted for this shameful bill!!!

  41. ben dover says:

    Ben Dover…. paging Ben Dover….

  42. sweetme says:

    And America continues to sink….. Disgusting.

    1. Dee says:

      Actually the opposite now that people in yet another state have been granted equal rights. I can’t wait for your generation to be too old or too senile to remember to vote. Soon EVERY state will have marriage equality, and your ilk will be on the wrong side of history yet again.

      1. Sarah says:

        If you think every state will have this, you are delusional.

    2. Rodin says:

      Oh, poor souryou….

    3. Tom S says:

      wow, I’m a man and in My bedroom i like to go down on women
      why can’t I get special rights for what happens in My bedroom

  43. Hey you says:

    Gay marriage is a reaction to the effort people need to put in to come to grips with the male/female conflict which has been with us from time immortal.

  44. Fred Cantor says:

    I was born and raised in New York City and i have never been more happy to be a New Yorker.

    1. JustSaying says:

      A very sad day for New York and our country as a whole. I guess I shouldn’t have expected New York to rise above this depravity, legitimizing what amounts to an aberration of nature.

      1. Lyle says:

        Be sure to keep your stones handy JustSaying. Sounds like you’re willing to decide and stone any that have different moral judgments from yourself.

        Perhaps someday, you’ll recognize individuals for their acts rather than as aberrations of nature for how and who they love.

      2. nathan says:

        Lyle – JustDo ucheing has no stones. Therein lies the problem.

    2. dr61258 says:

      Where does it stop? Polygamy? How about marrying a farm animal or your dog? You say that’s insane? Well a lot of people say that putting your manhood where another man evacuates his bowels is insane also.

      1. Ryan says:

        Two individuals of the same sex can love one another. That is the truth. People like you don’t love anyone…not even themselves. We don’t expect you to understand.

      2. Victor says:

        Just when was marriage purely about love? No one questions anyone’s ability to love. Least of all the Catholic Church or other religious organizations. Unlike you, Ryan, we believe that you and others do love even if you believe we do not. If you represent the basic thinking behind this legislation, then you contradict yourself by saying this is about love.

        Marriage has historically been more about responsibility, the responsibility of two people to raise children and protect each other. It is about protecting the structure of society that continues the human race and its basic moral values.

  45. J says:

    You can’t have in God we Trust on the money we print, and then pass this bill, because then we’re saying in man we trust.

    1. Dixie Belle says:

      Why is letting everyone marry the person they love so threatening to you?

    2. Wolfman Jones says:

      Our representatives shouldn’t let evil in at the door!

    3. Dixie Belle says:

      Jones – What does that even mean? What in the name of all that’s holy is evil about LOVE?

    4. Wolfman Jones says:


      What’s next, marriage of adults to children and animals with humans???

      We can’t be racist, so Blacks can now marry Whites.

      We can no longer be sexist. Therefore, we have gay marriage.

      So, what’s to stop the liberals from arguing that one can not be ageist and speciesist?

      Everyone has equal rights under the law!

    5. Jenn says:

      Right on Dixie!!!!! Jones, you are a very sad person. We are talking about marriage between two human beings, to equate the love a same-sex couple has for each other than anything other than the love an opposite sex couple has actually shows what a sick a twisted mind YOU have. Keep on hating, we’ll keep on loving and enjoying life!

    6. Rodin says:

      Circling the wagons, Adam? How does it feel playing the besieged? Now you know what gays have known for centuries.

    7. Michael Motorcycle says:

      ‘We can’t be racist, so Blacks can now marry Whites.”

      I think that about sums up how people like Wolfman Jone’s feel. Thank God they are a dying breed in this country. Give it another 10-20 years

      1. Bill Bike says:

        You are wrong, Michael Motorcycle. It is your kind that have come and gone through history. That is why the institution of marriage has prevailed. In 10-20 years, what will be clear is your mistake about Nature works. And those lessons will come in the form of demographic and health issues.

        You cannot work against Nature. It is not natural to have sex where human waste comes out from. And expect the human race to prosper and progress from that.

    8. Edrood says:

      its not equal rights. We had equal rights, each person had the right to marry a person of the opposite sex. What we have now is separate but equal rights.

      1. E says:

        Wrong. You too, Edrood, now have the right to marry your secret man crush in the great state of New York. Mazel tov!

      2. Rodin says:

        How confused can you get?

    9. ABQBOB says:

      Here’s a news flash for ya. I’m conservative as hell (Goldwater-style) and gay.
      I don’t want to get married any hate-soaked church–not yours or anyone’s. A civil marriage is fine with me.

    10. LulzSec says:

      You removed OUR comment Mr Mod. That wasn’t very nice.

    11. Rodin says:

      @ ABQBOB

      I’m not a conservative, not even a liberal. but Goldwater was the real thing and these yahoos don’t know the meaning of the word. They’re nothing but Sarah Palin/Glen Beck acolytes, the most ignorant and baseless of the lot.

      You’re a dinosaur in the throughs of extinction. Hang in there. America needs more like you.

      Good without gods.

  46. Jesus says:

    Awesome! Party, Party, Party!

  47. Wolfman Jones says:

    “But KNOW this,

    that in the last days

    perilous times will come . . .

    Evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse,

    deceiving (lying) and being deceived.”

    (2 Timothy 3:1, 13)

    1. Tw@tlover says:

      Oh Lord, hear come the selective bible quotes.

      1. Rudy says:

        Oh Lord, hear come the poor spellers.

      2. Rodin says:

        Oh Lawd, hear come the selective BABBLE quotes.


      3. StraightTw@tlover says:

        Find the quote in the Bible that supports gay marriage and post it. I would love to see it.

      4. Nate says:

        And yet you still capitalized “Lord.”

      5. Rodin says:

        @ StraightTw@tlover

        If the Babble is your main or only source, how pathetically ignorant.

      6. straightTw@tlover says:

        The BIBLE is my source for morality. What book is the source for lack of morals. You are the one that is pathetically ignorant. If I am wrong at the end of my life then I will just be dead. What if you are wrong? Would you rather me look for inspiration from people like Stalin and Mao? When someone disagrees with your opinion, you resort to name calling.

      7. Rodin says:

        @ StraightTw@tlover

        “…how pathetically ignorant,” is NOT an insult. It’s a statement of fact, empathy and compassion. Christian charity, so to speak.

        Your very moniker, StraightTw@tlover, however, IS an insult: a sexist, demeaning, disrespectful, misogynistic, hateful, violent, vulgar slur against all women.

        If the Babble is your “source for morality,” that explains it for there is no text more misogynistic or full of hate than your so-called ‘holy’ scriptures.

        Perhaps you should try MY sources. You will find neither Mao nor Stalin among them but they might serve you better. Since you asked,

        Good without gods.

      8. StraightTw@tLover says:


        You sound mad enough to scratch my eyes out or hold me down and give me a bad perm. My use of the name StraightTw@tLover is no different than Tw@Lover using the name. Or does the double standard apply here? If it iis used by a lesbian, then it OK. Kind of like a black person using the “N” word.

        You lump all Christians together…Kind of like a stereotype. I am not a perfect person without sin. No one is. I believe there is a Heaven, but I don’t feel like I am worthy to go. Your contempt for the Bible and Christianity is sickining. You feel it is alright to talk the way you do about what I believe, but I cannot disagree with you. I commend you for your close mindedness. Stereotypical liberal.

      9. Rodin says:

        You’ve exceeded my attention span and your time allotment. Don’t bother to reply again. Talk about wasting your 15 seconds of fame. Move on. This thread is toast. Like your squalid life.

        Go to

        and try to get a grip.

      10. ABQBOB says:

        Gee I love your rude, no-class screen name. After you’re finished reading the Wholly Babble, do you beat your wife til she puts out for you. I suspect she’d have to be unconscious, you lowlife ignoramus!

      11. StraightTw@tLover says:

        At least I can breed like God intended. And I’m guessing the part of my name you find offensive is the “Straight” part. Have fun.

    2. Ste says:

      Wait, people actually believe that silly book? I guess it is your right to believe in mystical sky wizards though…just don’t use it to ruin my life too and make me look like an uneducated bigot, ok?

      1. SWCM says:

        How can a book ruin your life? I guess in much the same way as a word can have power. I love that “book”. It hasn’t ruined my life. If you are an “Educated Liberal”, then should have an open mind and respect the beliefs of others, even if you disagree with them. I don’t agree with gay marriage, but that “Book” teaches me that it is not my place to judge another. Whatever you want to do with your life is your business. I hope and pray that you realize that your words about the Bible being a “silly book” are hurtful to some including me. Religion is not forced on people like the gay agenda. When you make remarks like…”people actually believe that silly book?”, it is a comment made by an “uneducated bigot”

      2. Victor says:

        Don’t worry, Ste. Your very post already makes you an uneducated bigot. No one has to do it for you or to you.

        As for the silliness of this book, you apparently have no concept of history.

    3. Rodin says:

      Mornin’ Woofie,

      I see you’ve been busy but, may I impose on you for clarification?

      This ‘Timothy’ you quote, Timothy 3:1, 13, is that Teeny Timmy Dolan that hangs out at Patty’s in drag? What’s with the numbers, his birth date?

    4. Jaymosch says:

      Yay, quotes from 1800 year old fiction!

  48. jeci says:

    im so disgusted. my family and i are leaving nys because of this.

    1. Tom Mulroney says:

      Excellent…two fewer bigots in the great state of New York. Heading South, I suppose? May I suggest Texas or Florida? You’ll even be able to get confederate flag license plates…you’ll fit right in.

      1. Dixie Belle says:

        Hey! Not all of us down here are bigots. And, would it kill you to capitalize Confederate?

      2. Greg Martin says:

        Tom you can’t really call someone a bigot in the same statement that you are knocking half of an entire country it doesn’t work that way buddy.

      3. Rodin says:

        Mat I suggest ARIZONA?

      4. Rodin says:

        @ Dixie Belle

        I will not only promote Equal Marriage rights and capitalize ‘Confederate” but defend Southerners who fly it.

        “Political correctness” is a bigger threat to American evolutionary psychology than religious fundamentalism.” ~ Satoshi Kanazawa, Japanese evolutionary psychologist

    2. Tom says:

      how wonderful!!!!!!!! Hope you exit ASAP!!!!!

    3. Wolfman Jones says:

      Righteous Lot had to leave the evil city of Sodom!

    4. Jenn says:

      Awesome, a few less uneducated, unenlightened trolls on the city streets! You won’t be missed!

    5. Exposo says:

      Don’t leave
      Let’s splatter this Mulroney and his friends instead.

      1. nathan says:

        Come at me bro! Bahahaha

    6. Ryan says:

      good, we don’t want your hate and bs polluting the children

  49. Rodin says:

    OK,now I’m really going to bed.

    Thanks for the entertainment!

    May the Dogs be with you!

  50. XXX says:

    Finally I get to see the biblical fundamentalists and fascists defeated!!!! The world is starting to change for good. Biblical terrorism is the worst and it has received today a strong punch in the face. Hallelujah!!!!

    1. Wolfman Jones says:

      “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”-Isaiah 5:20

      1. Shindigger says:

        Oooohhh, poor XXX, he must be trembling in his no doubt tasteful boots.

      2. CRT says:

        Austin 3:16 says I just kicked your ass.” -“Stone Cold” Steve Austin

      3. jenn says:

        I spoke to god this morning Trollman Jones, she’s thrilled that this was passed! She wanted to remind everyone that she loves all her creations, even those little hate mongers who run around thinking they are as wise as she.

      4. SWSC says:

        You may be right JENN. I’m sure this is all part of God’s plan.

      5. Mary says:

        I agree with you. Just wait until Our Lord comes again and cleans up this earth. God will judge all and his judgment will be far worse than human judgment. When you refer to God’s book as silly, that is the same as blasphemy towards God and God doesn’t take blasphemy lightly. The same sex marriage peoples’ day of reckoning is coming with God and I don’t think it is going to be a fun day.

      6. Jaymosch says:

        Woe unto those who believe a book is true just because the book itself says it is.

    2. Victor says:

      XXX, so this is what it was all about? Punching the face of those who do not believe the same thing you do? I thought this was about civil rights? I thought this was about gay people living each other?

      Your very statement convinces me that this legislation will not last.

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