April 15th, 2009
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Cafferty: What if New York becomes 5th state to legalize gay marriage?

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New York could become the fifth state to legalize gay marriage. Governor David Paterson is expected to introduce legislation tomorrow that would make marriage between same-sex couples legal in New York.

Paterson has previously said he’s committed to bringing “full marriage equality in New York state,” adding it’s a problem that gays and lesbians who live in a civil union aren’t entitled to around 1,300 civil protections that are available to married couples.

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer introduced the same bill back in 2007 — it passed the Assembly but died in the state Senate. It’s expected the bill would pass the Assembly once again, but would need support from some Republicans in order to pass the Senate.

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  1. Mel

    It would mean we're a step closer to equality and freedom.

    April 15, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Mike from Shelburne, VT

    Republicans, while your obsessed with re-inventing your party, you should probably realize that its not your image as a party, its the things you actually do. Traditional views don't get America anywhere, it'll just stay stagnant too long and lose what little edge we have left in a globalized world. Good luck to New York on passing the bill, hopefully some Republicans might finally see some sense and support it.

    April 15, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Adriana RM Atlanta,Ga

    What's the hub hub if they do?

    April 15, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Dan in Philly

    Terrific! Hope it passes!

    April 15, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Corey, Maryland


    The point is NOTHING!!!!!!!!!! So what, gays will be able to get married! The sky will not darken up, the water will not turn to blood, and it will not rain frogs like our stupid Christian "friends" like to pretend. Its about time this country actually acts on the ideologies that it holds so closely particularly freedom and equality.

    Corey, Maryland

    April 15, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. AndyL


    As a long time Republican, I really do not care if they legalize gay marriages. I just don't want Democrats to make mandatory and tax it.

    April 15, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. patNY

    It would also mean I am not a 2d class sit at the back of the bus separate but unequal citizen...at least not in NY! And my marriage to my husband in Massachuesettes would be recognized here!

    April 15, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. RAG

    It would mean that another state became intelligent enough to understand that civil marriage is not a religious sacrament..

    April 15, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. Angela

    I think it would be great and wonderful!! We all need open minds about everything!! 🙂

    April 15, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. P. Y.

    It means one state closer to doing what is right. I'm not gay, but what does that have to do with it. ALL Americans should have equal rights and religion has to stay out of it.

    April 15, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. David in San Diego

    This will become a tidal wave sweeping the country as more young voters replace older ones who move on to the Polling Place in the Sky. It will become no big deal except to help raise money for the Republican'ts.

    April 15, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Brent

    Wut? Who cares? It won't be an issue in 20 years once the neolithic cons die off.

    April 15, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. SPB

    NY already recognizes same-sex marriages from other states, so it just seems so silly that they don't marry gay couples themselves. Marriage for same-sex couples strengthens the institution of marriage; it doesn't weaken it!

    April 15, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. Chi Town

    I guess that would mean gay people can marry there.

    April 15, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. Jason

    If Iowa can do it so can New York but California still boggles my mind.

    April 15, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. MarcP

    Who cares? Go for it! I don't even see why this is an issue. What is strange is that the most liberal state in the union, California, voted against it twice. And it wasn't all the Mormon's fault. There aren't enough of them to swing the vote. It was the will of the Cali people.

    I'm a conservative and I support Gay Marriage. What's the liberal position on this?

    April 15, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. jan

    l dont get it. T argument against gay marriage is a religious one. Since when does the bible trump the constitution in a democracy.

    April 15, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. mandio

    HOORAY for NY!! But if it passes the Christian Mafia will send their minions to define marriage as between 1 man and 1 woman in a Constitutional Amendment, just like CA. Still a long way to go in this civil liberties battle I'm afraid.

    April 15, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Common Sense

    I'm much too busy working two jobs, trying to keep a roof over my head, food on the table and praying no one in the family gets sick to worry what my neighbors may or may not be doing in their bedroom.

    Always fascinating that the party of small government is always big enough to decide (and attempt to legislate) how people should behave.

    April 15, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Chris from Athens,GA

    Then only 45 more states to go!!!!!!!!! Yipeee!!!!!!!!

    April 15, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. Jon in CA

    It would mean NY will have to pass a State Constitutional Amendment as we did in California to protect the traditional definition of marriage.

    April 15, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. totally neutral

    Just how phobic do you have to be for this to even be an issue? Reserving 1300 legal obligations for a handful of bigots is beyond ridiculous.

    April 15, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. Danny from Cali

    If it happens, then it will mean that we are making sure there is a separation between state and any form of religion.

    April 15, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. SLM

    Divorce lawyers are sure hoping all states pass laws allowing marriage. Then everyone could truly be equal.

    April 15, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. Dave

    I'm sure glad to see yet another article on gay marriage. With all of the problems in the U.S., including drugs , crime, kids born without two committed parents, I'm sure glad to see that some people think gay marriage is the most important issue of the day. On one hand I could care less if gays get married. On the other hand there is something unique about a man and a women that can reproduce and it doesn't seem like too much to have a sanctioning that is also unique ( i.e. marriage) versus a civil union for gays. It is getting to the point where I am suffering from gay fatigue. I think the energy of a lot of people could be better spent on more serious social issues of the day.

    April 15, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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