Issues: Civil Rights

Wedding bells ring for gay New Yorkers

Queens Chronicle quoted Senator Gianaris on the historic passage of the Marriage Equality Act.

It is said that marriage marks the beginning of the rest of your life, and for gay and lesbian New Yorkers, Friday night was nothing less than a fresh start.

“We are now being treated as fully equal citizens,” said gay Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), touting the passage of state legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. “Having the option just makes us more whole as human beings, whether we choose to get married or not.”

In bars and in clubs, in homes and on the steps of City Hall, New Yorkers from all walks of life celebrated.

June 30, 2011
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Krueger Looks To Lady Gaga On #SSM

By David King

June 22nd, 2011

Senate Democrats have a hot new Twitter hash tag: “#letusVote” to prod Senate Republicans to bring same-sex marriage legislation to the floor for a vote. Sen. Liz Krueger is credited with creating the tag and she has been trying to get prominent same-sex marriage proponents to use it. “@ladygaga #NYSenate needs your help!” Krueger tweeted. “Can you & ur Little Monsters pls help us trend #letusVOTE We want to vote for #samesexmarriage in NY” Lady Gaga has yet to pick up the tag says,” Krueger spokeswoman Katie Kincaid,” but we’re working on it

June 28, 2011
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SENATOR GIANARIS APPLAUDS HISTORIC PASSAGE OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY ACT

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris was proud to be one of the 33 votes in favor of the Marriage Equality Act, which passed the New York State Senate on Friday, June 24 by a vote of 33-29 and was signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

New York is now the sixth state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, giving LGBT couples the same domestic and human rights as heterosexual couples.

“Today, New York reclaimed its mantle as the nation's human rights leader. I am proud to be one of the 'yes' votes that made marriage equality a reality in our state,” Senator Gianaris said. “May our example set the tone for the rest of the country so that all Americans can enjoy the same rights and privileges.”

June 25, 2011
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Senator Ball Interviewed on Anderson Cooper 360

http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/24/video-lawmaker-explains-opposition-to-gay-marriage/

6/25/2011 - Senator Greg Ball is interviewed by CNN's Anderson Cooper about the gay marriage vote in New York State.

 

June 25, 2011
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Newsday: Sen. Espaillat talks about lawmakers and activists suffering from 'Albany Fatigue', calls on Republicans to bring the major issues to a vote

'Frankly, it's very scary'

By Yancey Roy

June 24, 2011

For about four hours now, rank-and-file lawmakers have just been milling around and waiting while backroom negotiations continue on the major bills at the end of the legislative session. Activists on either side of the same-sex marriage issue have been shooed out of the State Senate chamber but have taken to shouting at legislators from behind the glass doors. In general, aggravation is rising.

“You walk the hallways and I’ve been here 14 years and I haven’t seen the levels of anxiety and passion,” Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan) said, “and frankly, it’s very scary.”

June 24, 2011
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YNN State of Politics: Sen. Espaillat, Sen. Krueger and Sen. Gianaris call on the Senate Republicans to take up bills passed by the Assembly; Sen. Espaillat says it is dangerous to play games with people around Same Sex Marriage and Rent

Senate Dems Show Frustration

By Liz Benjamin

June 24, 2011

Senators Mike Gianaris, Liz Krueger, and Adriano Espaillat (who all have been tweeting up a storm trying to make several hashtags trend) held a press conference this morning to blast the lack of progress at the capitol.

“Unfortunately we have been here all week when were just supposed to be here on Monday. There are important issues to decide. We stand as a conference on the Democratic side ready to vote on all the issues of the day that have been outstanding all week. We cannot understand what the hold up is,” Gianaris said. ”

June 24, 2011
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NY1 News: Sen. Espaillat calls on Senate Republicans to bring Rent Regs and Same Sex Marriage for a vote

State Lawmakers Head Back To Capitol; Same-Sex Marriage, Rent Regulations Await

By NY1 News

The waiting game continues in Albany this afternoon as several pieces of pressing legislation, including rent regulations and a possible vote on same-sex marriage, remain up in the air.

The State Senate adjourned just before 11 p.m. yesterday following a marathon session...

..."We should give New Yorkers closure on this. There should be an answer on marriage. Five extenders on rent and last night they didn't even bring up an extender. Quietly in the middle of the night, with troopers in the galleries and people passionate on both sides, they quietly scooted out of the chambers," said State Senator Adriano Espaillat.

June 24, 2011
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MSNBC: Senator Ball Interviewed on Marriage Equality

6/22/2011 – Senator Greg Ball is interviewed about Marriage Equality by Thomas Roberts on MSNBC.

June 24, 2011
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RNN: Senator Ball Discusses Governor Cuomo's Marriage Equality Bill

6/23/2011 - On RNN's Richard French Live, Senator Greg Ball discusses Governor Cuomo's Marriage Equality Bill

June 24, 2011
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Senator Squadron Statement on Marriage Equality

ALBANY -- Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon the Senate's passage of marriage equality:

Tonight, we made history.

With one small bill, we've changed the lives of countless New Yorkers.

As legislators, it's rare that we have an opportunity to vote on something with as personal and immediate an impact on our constituents as marriage equality.

June 23, 2011
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Official Statement

NYS Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson)

June 23, 2011
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MSNBC: Senator Ball Interviewed on Marriage Equality

6/22/2011 - Senator Greg Ball is interviewed about Marriage Equality by Thomas Roberts on MSNBC.

June 23, 2011
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Senator Ball talks marriage equality on CNN's "In the Arena"

6/20/2011 - With one more vote needed to pass marriage equality, New York Senator Greg Ball holds out for stronger religious protections.

June 20, 2011
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Park Slope Patch: Roll Call - Marriage Equality

"It's rare that we have an opportunity to vote on something that has as personal and immediate of an impact on our constituents as marriage equality," said Senator Squadron. "Living up to New York's values means providing equal rights for all. That's why I will fight to win over my undecided colleagues and make sure we get this passed this year."

June 17, 2011
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Greg Ball on Capital Tonight

06/16/2011 - Senator Greg Ball is interviewed by Liz Benjamin on Capital Tonight.

June 17, 2011
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Sex and the City Star Cynthia Nixon Lobbies Lawmakers on Marriage Equality

 

Senator Montgomery is joined by Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon who traveled to the New York's State Capitol on Tuesday, June 14 to urge lawmakers to pass a marriage equality bill. The bill was approved by the Assembly that day.

Senator Montgomery, a long-time supporter of marriage equality noted that proponents of the bill have managed to close a vote gap in the Senate in a very short period of time but that the bill is still one vote shy of victory.

June 16, 2011
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