May 31st, 2009
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King: Same-sex marriage debate heats up in New York

Editor's note: On CNN's "State of the Union," host and chief national correspondent John King goes outside the Beltway to report on the issues affecting communities across the country.

NEW YORK (CNN) - As she lobbies members of the New York Senate these days, the politician in Christine Quinn can understand what the gay rights activist in her sometimes cannot.

"The fear of the unknown," is how she describes it. "This is a vote they've never cast before. And they don't know how people are going to react. You are in a position where people's reaction to you is the key to your success. And the unknown creates fear and fear often creates paralysis."

Quinn is the openly gay speaker of the New York City Council, and a proponent of legalizing same sex marriage in New York state.

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  1. openly gay speaker of the New York - leave marriage alone

    don't do it, a gay union is NOT THE SAME a man / woman marriage

    don't try to make it the same

    you are FORCING something that is and has been a part of our lives for families going back

    if it is all about tolerance, if it is all about understanding... then YOU need to understand what you are doing to existing families by continually thinking it is the same and forcing the rest of us to consider this question again and again

    a middle ground is to call your family a union, you are not a marriage

    May 30, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. nate

    If they want to get married why do you care? Leave people alone who arent bothering you.

    May 30, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  3. dave

    the Bible only bans sex between males (and eating shrimp and wearing clothes made from two kinds of fabric). There is nothing in the Bible against lesbians.

    May 30, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. Had It

    They should drop same sex marriage and just call it civil union.

    The religious nuts go whacko with the "marriage" thing. After all, a human being stands before two people and pronounces them man and wife and all is well in the republican kingdom of god.

    May 30, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. wlou437

    Marriage between a man and a woman is a "civil union" in the legal sense. It is the record filed with the local county that make the union legal, not the ceremony held in a church or city hall office.
    It is that piece of paper, the certification of marriage, on file with the state that controls the legal rights of spouses (or partners).
    So why not just call them all a "civil union" (straight and gay) and if you want to then be married, go to your church or synagogue, exchange vows, and have the blessing of your Supreme Being.

    May 30, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. Terry

    We need to get over the gay marriage thing. We should just approve it and be done with it. It is inevitable and it is not significant enough of an issue to wrangle over. We have much bigger fish to fry, and we'd best move on to things like climate change, ecnonomic instability, the distribution of income, terrorism, totalitarianism, religious fundamentalism, and all the other big issues that threaten the future of our race (human).

    We can add a couple of genders to society without causing any more problems than the first two did.

    May 30, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. Agnes

    Christine Quinn doesn't understand the Midwest. Why are people surprised about the Midwest and that Iowa would approve of same-sex marriage? Do not underestimate people from the Midwest.

    May 30, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. John Henry

    This is on The Presidents Date. You guys are so wrong! Every Rich man should take his wife out on the town. Buy some flowers, eat out and leave the waitress a Big tip!!!! Hay maybe go buy a Gm car. That would make a statement. Those that have the money need to spend it now.

    May 30, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. David, white man, in suburbs

    And I am sure all of you once a month bathers who love your Barry would certainly support my desire to wed my neighbor's Chihuahua ? Killing multiple birds with one stone with one ceremony wouldn't you say ? Or maybe if the Chihuahua's daddy was Chinese Pug. That would excite you more. A white suburban male marrying a Chihuahua of Asian descent. Now thats diversity, kumbaya, etc. Maybe our children will get first shot at a seat on the supreme court. Especailly the gay ones.

    May 30, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. David, white man, in suburbs

    A question that I am sure CNN will help find an answer- How much did the Obama's trip into Manhatten tonight cost the American tax payer ? And is it true that Bill Clinton is baby sitting the girls tonight ? And don't start calling me names again Obamots. Both very legitamate questions.

    May 30, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. Allan

    Why is Maggie Gallagher so obsessed with gay marriage? Is it because her husband travels the country playing bridge with his male partner while she wonders how she ended up in a gay marriage?

    May 30, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Jo Jo

    And why not a threesome ? Or two people and a chimp ? Or four people and a cheese cake, happily ever after ? The sky is the limit. Sex in the streets. Have you ever witnessed a "gay pride" day celebration in NY ? Borders on pornagraphic.

    May 30, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. Jo Jo

    Christine looks tough. Down right mean. She could probably whip any man's ass. A true genetic bull dyke.

    May 30, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  14. Jo Jo

    Betcha that dog in the back is either a fertile female or a castrated male.

    May 30, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    It's both amazing and infuriating that we are still debating this in the 21st century. The Constitution is quite clear: no establishment of religion; equal protection under the law. Why can't the Religious Reich (sic) just leave us alone and let us get on with our lives? WE don't obsess about THEM ... *I* think about them as little as possible. I am an Anglican Christian gay man married to my partner of 36 years; are OUR beliefs of less value before the law than Maggie Gallagher's?

    May 30, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. Ray Fisher

    The Gays should be happy with civil unions and leave marriage to the straights, after all it acccomplishes both goals but leaves some distance for comfort. Rome wasn't built in a day!!!

    May 30, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. roberto

    Why are people up in arms about something that does not even affect them!? "Straight" people [that are] getting "married" are the ones who need to cement their vows and keep "marrage" honerable. Not worry that just because 2 people who are in love and being of the same sex is going to "invade" THEIR bedrooms and take away anything from their marrage. Stupid! Laws and lives change and mostly for the better of all.

    May 30, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  18. Denna

    I think that same sex marriage should be legalized all over the United States. I just love it when one of my fellow heterosexuals claims that same sex marriage is a threat to traditional marriage. Come on people, look around. How many happy marriages do you really know? How many cheating spouses are you aware of? If this is traditional marriage, I'm sure gay people are not going to be a threat. Get over yourselves.

    May 30, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  19. marc

    Massachusetts, same sex marriage since 2004! The sky has not fallen...Fear not my fearful fellow humans!

    May 30, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  20. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    The homosexuals know that they can't destroy marriage by hating it (which they certainly do), so they are trying to destroy it by embracing it instead. They are trying to make it a joke and meaningless, just like their warped, perverted lives.

    I have no problem with people choosing their own lifestyles (even if it's perverted) as long as they don't hurt others. But when they start tearing down the social structure that holds MY society together, I get upset. Homosexuals are so full of hatred, they will not rest until they have completely destroyed the social fabric of our society and the American way of life.

    (You may notice I don't use the word "gay." It's a misnomer. I have never known a homosexual who seemed even remotely "happy" about themselves or anything else for that matter. What miserable people.)

    May 30, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  21. Hal

    Fear of gays and same sex marriage is a matter of personal cowardice.

    Every single arguement that the scared little men in the GOP come up with is bogus.

    "Marriage is sacred". . . Yet we allow divorce and we let people get married by Elvis impersonators.

    "The bible says it is wrong." . .Jesus never mentions homosexuality and the passages the religious right cites are from Leviticus which also says women are unclean when on their period and cannot enter the temple and that you can sell your daughters for livestock. As is that should set U.S. Law anyway! If you want that you have more in common with Bin Laden and the Iranians then with the founding fathers.

    "It is unnatural". . . Homosexual behavior is prevalent in the animal kingdom espescially in primates. In fact there are a multitude of species which change gender throughout their lives. All God's creatures.

    Face it GOPes you are cowards who are afraid your spouses will leave you or that you might be gay yourselves, like Ted Haggerty, or Sen. Craig.

    May 30, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. Chris

    Apparently the gay rights activist nor the politician in Quinn doesn't understand the religious significance that some people put in marriage. If same sex people want to unite they need to call it what it is ...... for it ain't marriage.

    May 30, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  23. Dawn in Pa

    Gays and Lesbians can love their mates and what they want to do, but the Government steps in and telling them they cannot marry, they can love just like a man and a woman,

    May 30, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  24. diamond j

    marriage=one man and one woman.

    May 30, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  25. renea

    When i think of this issue all i think about is that GOD created Adam and Eve to be together in marriage unity not Adam and Steve, not Sarah and Eve either, Everyone has a right to do what they want but when it come to this issue it cannot be compromise. I also think about Sodom and Gommorah fire and brimestone. Im not judging anyone only GOD can judge. this is my opinion.

    May 30, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
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