Karen Ocamb

Pride in NY & Turkey, Trouble in Chicago & SF, and NOM

Filed By Karen Ocamb | June 27, 2011 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality, The Movement
Tags: Mark Grisanti, marriage equality, New York, NOM, parade, Pride, Turkey

About a half million people participated in Sunday's LGBT Pride parade in New York City and as AP reports, many of them are celebrating the state's new marriage equality:

“I’m really, really proud of New York,” said Hannah Thielmann, a student at Fordham University in the Bronx who was waiting for the parade to step off with her girlfriend, Christine Careaga.

The couple, both 20, were dressed as brides.

Careaga said her mother called her crying tears of joy after the New York Senate voted on the measure Friday.

“Every mother wants her child to be happily married,” Careaga said.

A continent away, some were celebrating Pride in Istanbul, Turkey, according to a Tweet from @mehterr. (h/t Leah McElrath)

Closer to home, Tracy Baim at the Windy City Times reported that just hours before Chicago's Pride Parade kicked off on Sunday, the owner of a Pride float provider found two tires punctured on more than 30 floats, suggesting a possible hate crime.

In San Francisco, the Bay City News Service reported that a shooting on Market Street in San Francisco, just blocks from the Pride festivities at Civic Center, left five people injured, two of them seriously. Authorities said the shooting was not related to the Pride activities occurring this weekend.

Openly gay state Sen. Mark Leno and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano talked to the San Francisco Chronicle about the historic marriage equality vote in New York, with Leno noting that California was actually the first to pass two marriage equality bills through the legislature, only to have them vetoed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Then again, he has shown time and again he has yet to understand the marriage vows he took 20 years ago,” Leno said.

“Here in California, I’m tired of being the bridesmaid. I want to be able to ‘Say Yes to the Dress,’ ” Ammiano said, referring to a TLC reality series in which sales associates in a New York City dress shop help brides find the perfect gown.

And what would a happy marriage and Pride story be without that grumbling Grinch the National Organization for Marriage threatening to steal away even the morsel of equality some same sex couples might now enjoy. Here's Andrew Harmon at The Advocate noting that "NOM Wants Revenge After N.Y. Vote:"

Defeated opponents of marriage equality ostensibly spent Friday evening avoiding New York City’s West Village, licking their wounds, and releasing statements on just how doomed the Empire State is following a historic victory for LGBT rights ("Passage of Same-Sex Marriag [sic] Bill is a Disaster for the Future,” one headline on the Conservative Party of New York State’s website reads).

The National Organization for Marriage went a step further in announcing a reported minimum $2 million campaign in the 2012 election cycle to “hold politicians accountable for their vote” in hopes of “overturning same-sex marriage in New York.” The Los Angeles Times had earlier reported the figure at “more than $1 million.”

"Gay marriage has consequences for the next generation, for parents, and for religious people, institutions and small business owners. Politicians who campaign one way on marriage, and then vote the other, need to understand: betraying and misleading voters has consequences, too," NOM president Brian Brown said in a statement. "We are not giving up, we will continue to fight to protect marriage in New York, as we are actively doing in New Hampshire and Iowa."

One thing: New York does NOT have the same kind of initiative structure as California so that whole "let the people decided" thing will have to be through the election of individual candidates. And there is already an effort to protect the elected who voted in favor of marriage equality such as this Facebook group to re-elect Mark Grisanti from Buffalo to the New York State Senate.

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I think a recall election or at least a successful primary election challenge for a certainly homophobic Bronx legislator named Ruben Diaz is in order.

One thing we can say is that, once established, marriage equality has never been successfully and completely recalled -- and that is true pending the possible outcome of the California Prop. 8 challenge.

So for NOM and their cohorts in NY state ... it's their turn now to fight the uphill battle.

That NYC pride parade was nuts.