April 16th, 2009
10:43 AM ET
5 years ago

NY governor to introduce same-sex marriage legislation

NEW YORK (CNN) – Gov. David Paterson announced Thursday he is introducing legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in his state.

"For too long, gay and lesbian New Yorkers, we have pretended, that they have had the same rights as their neighbors and their friends," Paterson said. "That is not the case."

The same bill was defeated in the state senate in 2007 when it was proposed by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

Listen: Will New York become the next state to allow same-sex marriage? CNN Radio reports.


Filed under: David Paterson • New York • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Sean

    Sadly, I think he's just using this to boost his ratings...

    April 16, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. It is a good thing

    Change is coming.... and it is long overdue.

    April 16, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Unshrub

    If they let those who have been divorced to remarry why shouldn’t they allow gays to marry? If the bible thumpers want to use the bible for their lame excuses then they should not be able to pick and choose what part of the bible suits them.

    April 16, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. jake

    thank you, Governor!

    April 16, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Niki

    @ Erik in Penn: well said, I couldn't agree more :)

    April 16, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Bravo to Erik....You put it so well!

    As for my governor....while I agree with "Too True" below that this is likely a stunt to bolster Paterson's ratings among the downstate Democrats, it is the right move at the right time.

    April 16, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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