Forum To Address Challenges NYC Same-Sex Married Couples Face

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Even though New York is one of the few states in the nation to recognize same-sex marriage, St. Sen. Daniel Squadron points out that the federal government still doesn’t.

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“Unfortunately, even in New York, same-sex married couples don’t have all of the rights that other married couples do,” he says. “That’s true in everything from survivor benefits to Social Security and pensions to health care to immigration status to what happens if you were to move to another state that doesn’t yet have marriage equality.”

Squadron says he will join other lawmakers and activists at a public forum called “After I Do” to answer questions and talk about the challenges gay married couples face.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Jerrold Nadler have already drafted bills to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, also known as DOMA.

The forum is being held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Borough of Manhattan Community College, Richard Harris Terrace, 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10013.

  • Norman McConnell

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  • James

    What is this book of fairytales, The Bible, that everyone speaks of?

  • edward

    Why can’t these haters get it through their thick skulls?
    you are free to practice your faith as you choose or not to.
    No legislation is asking religions to accept these civil ceremonies.

    And while you are quoting the scriptures why not read Elmer gantry , which is the role model for most of your televangelists.

    • Bob Fowler

      and when did televangelists become honorable men? Liars cheats and thieves come in all shapes and styles.

      As for an established religion, the government is prohibiting the free expression of a religion by banning Nativity scenes, Menorahs… Nowhere does it require these expressions to be precluded from public property, yet it is against the law.

      Your opinion regarding acceptance of these unions is short sighted. Girls can now join the Boy Scouts, because making Boy Scout for boys was deemed exclusionary. You can’t play dodgeball anymore because it lowers children’s self esteem. How much more important will it be that same sex ‘marriages’ deserve to be accepted in church? How far away do you really believe forcing churches to accept these mockeries is?

      • Michael H.

        Bob, stop rambling and post a coherent statement, please.

      • Bob Fowler

        Dear God, not Bachmanns or Perry!!! The way that it affects my life is that I must pay taxes, which are being used to fund a personal life choice. If it is good enough to fund a forum on same sex ‘marriage’, then why not fund my want to rail against it? Am I not entitled to the same benefits and protections?

        Nimby, I am not saying that I am opposed to people having the right to ‘marry’ goats…I don’t care what you do within the PRIVACY of your life. When you make your life public, then I can and should take exception. I also should not have to pay for your rights, while you refuse to accept or allow mine. You have no idea what I do with my emu, because I do not make it public (although I might sell videos someday). Why must I be forced to confront ‘your’ lifestyle?

        Equal rights only apply to those who want to take mine? Orwell’s Animal Farm was right…all animals are equal, just some are more equal than others.

      • NIMBY

        What you describe would be the American equivalent of our own version of Islamic Fundamentalism…. offering zero tolerance to those carefully selected things they profess to be sinful and “unclean”

      • equalizeit

        You sound threat6ened by all of this….Why?
        How does it affect your life one way or another?

        Do you think that the Bachmanns and Perrys are going to
        protect you while they run for their bunkers during the
        coming socio-economic appocalypse??

  • Vik

    Man and a Woman. Husband and Wife. ALWAYS AND FOREVER. At least in the eyes of the Federal Government and/but unfortunately not in the eyes of our wussy, bleeding heart loving local gov’t. ‘Nuf said.

    • Michael H.

      The federal government is next. There will be marriage equality nationwide before the next decade is over.

      Go hide in your basement if that scares you.

    • lydiass

      We are a Christian Society and it is the Bible that condemns them. We are not their
      judge and so when we comment about their chosen lifestyle, it is not us who judge them but our Gospel. smokersodysseycom.
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  • gjk

    Ignore the haters, the majority of good people agree that any two people who love each other should have the right to marry.

    We are not a Christian society; we are a secular state that has a preponderance of Christians, very many of whom support you is your desires.

    • Bob Fowler

      When did the right to ‘marry’ (a religious institution that was incorporated into secular law), require me to pay for a forum to discuss potential issues with this ‘marriage’?

      Also, if you read the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, they both clearly state that we are a nation formed on a religious basis. I gladly welcome you to show me where any one of the founding fathers was in any way in favor of same sex relationships. Because you do not wish to adhere to religious codes of conduct, that does not invalidate them. To address your comment about us not being a Christian society, as the laws keep being trampled, we are no longer allowed to be, even though the majority of the nation claims to be Christian. A rainbow flag can fly anywhere it wants, but a Nativity scene, Menorah…must be banned from public space…yeah, that’s equal rights for all.

      • Michael H.

        Marriage was a business arrangement incorporated into religious doctrine. Should atheists not be allowed to marry?

        The DoI and Constitution both declare RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. You don’t get to impose your religious beliefs on the rest of us.

        Show me where a rainbow flag was allowed to be flown on publicly owned land where a religious figure was not. I’m talking about a rainbow flag going up on a flagpole, not somebody waving one around.

    • Bob Fowler

      Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791. Note

      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

      The 1st Amendment does NOT empower the government to restrict religious rights, but they do. It does NOT give the government the right to force adherence nor acceptance of abhorrent behavior upon any religious groups, such as honoring same sex ‘marriage’. It also does NOT prohibit a relationship between church and state.

      Read the words that were written for yourself, and show me where these abomination were fabricated from.

      • Michael H.

        The law allowing gay marriage EXEMPTS any religious faith that does not wish to participate. Any house of worship or organization can refuse to recognize a gay marriage. NO religious group is being forced to endorse gay marriage. This is about the STATE, not your ancient religion.

  • Lem

    The whole thing is so repulsive it defies words. Men behaving as if they are women, and vice versa. Disgusting beyond belief.



    • Michael H.

      Frak CBS and their censorship. My censored post:

      Ho mo sexual ity is found throughout nature so you can’t call it un-natural. Or are you going to plug your fingers in your ears and ignore verifiable fact to shore up your archaic belief system?

      • Devenio

        Murder, pedophilia, rape, child abuse, etc… are all found in nature there Skippy. Doesn’t make it right. Listen. I don’t give a hoot who you sleep with or who you love. That’s not my concern. I don’t appreciated being told I must accept it. I don’t have to accept it. You must realize people aren’t accepting of your life style. Why attempt to change minds? You can’t do do it. Live your life the way you wish and be happy. Stop trying to convert people.

    • Eric Ross

      …and God told you this directly, or was it through a pedophile priest?

    • Eric in Manhattan

      ..and God told you directly, or was it through a pedophile priest?

  • pugphan

    We are a Christian Society and it is the Bible that condemns them. We are not their
    judge and so when we comment about their chosen lifestyle, it is not us who judge them but our Gospel. smokersodysseycom

    • Michael H.

      We are not a Christian society. We are a secular society with multiple faiths (and lack thereof). Go thump your bible elsewhere, spammer.

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