Adam Polaski

Media Round-Up: NY Couples Get Gay Married

Filed By Adam Polaski | July 24, 2011 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Media, Politics
Tags: Albany, Bloomberg, gay marriage, lottery, marriage equality, New York, New York Times, Niagara Falls, same-sex marriage, Staten Island

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Unless you've been living a secluded life for the past month, you probably already know that today marked the first day that same-sex couples could legally marry in New York state. Since being passed on June 24, the marriage equality law in New York has sparked some discussions about beginning marriage equality campaigns in other states, and it's been interesting to see how New York City in particular proposed to deal with the influx of couples looking to get married today.

Here's a round-up of some of the most interesting New York marriage coverage we've seen today:

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Congratulations to all the couples - same-sex or otherwise - who married on this landmark day.

If you have a favorite marriage equality story from today, post a link to it below!

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Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | July 24, 2011 5:45 PM

It's a huge victory over the bigots, including those who hide behind 'religious liberty' and 'states' rights'.

'Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential Republican presidential candidate, said Friday he supports state rights so much that he's fine with New York's approval of gay marriage but still called himself an "unapologetic social conservative." Perry, who has been weighing a presidential run, said he opposes gay marriage -- but that he's also a firm believer of the 10th Amendment.' Salon, via AP Does that sound Familiar. It should, it's fierce advocate almost word for word.

In between battles for equality we get precious little time to smile and celebrate and we should make the most of them. Now lets fight for inclusion of transfolk in NYs employment non-discrimination bill because with a bigot in the WH and bigots on both sides of the ailse in Congress, we won't see a federal law any time soon.

A victory including trans folk in protective laws might make bishops and bigots stroke out.

I started blogging for bilerico because we were one of the few sites to question the ubiquity of gay marriage. When did we become so conservative and unimaginative?

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | July 24, 2011 11:25 PM

Struggles that galvanize GLBT movement are neither conservative or unimaginative and require our support and solidarity. The struggle for same sex marriage was imposed on us by bigoted Democrats like the Clintons and Obama and bigoted Republicans like Rove and Bush.

Many people would rather have fought for the original, inclusive ENDA, the version that predates it's evisceration at the hands of Quisling Frank. Or we might have fought for a comprehensive, inclusive Civil Rights Amendment to the Constitution.

But that wasn't possible as Democrat and Republican bigots in the White House, Congress and in the states took the offensive and incessantly attacked us with the federal DOMA and almost 40 state DOMAs, simultaneously enraging and demoralizing millions in our communities.

Even if we didn't choose the fight there can be no doubt that it's energized and helped organize our communities. People see these attacks for what they are and want to defend against them instead of supinely surrendering to the bigots. That was certainly the case after a bigot named Obama deliberately broadcast his opposition to our being treated equally, telling every bigot who watched TV or listened to the radio that it was OK to voted for Prop 8 because "gawd's in the mix…"

Obama's attack led to wave after wave of national demonstrations around the country culminating in the massive anti-Obama rally otherwise known as the National Equality March.

The question of setting priorities will never be solved absent the creation of a national organization of activists from all our communities, independent of our enemies the Democrats and Republicans, organized around a mass action perspective and having a healthy democratic internal life.

Congratulations to all the gay families who are finally getting legal recognition and justice! As I know from personal experience and from that of many of my friends and relatives, there is no more joyous occasion than your wedding day. This is all the more exciting for couples who have been together for 30 or 40 years and now are finally getting the rights and recognition they deserve.