I was reading YNN about when the same-sex marriage vote would take place in the New York Senate when I turned on the TV. The votes were read off right after Carl Kruger stopped blabbing. The Senate chamber erupted in cheers when it was announced the bill had passed.
Since I just turned on the TV I don’t have the details of how each member voted.
Update: Here’s the link to the Washington Post article. Note that President Obama still refuses to say gay couples should have the right to marry. But he still wants your vote.
Opponents had poured millions of dollars into the fight and said there would be swift and direct retribution against the lawmakers who voted for this bill. They pledged $1 million toward defeating Republicans who voted for it and backing Democrats who voted against it.
The decision came a day after President Obama appeared at a Manhattan fundraiser before an audience of gay and lesbian donors. Obama campaigned as an opponent of gay marriage but more recently has said his views on the issue are “evolving.”
The president did not indicate any change of heart, despite the calls of “Marriage!” and “Do you support it?” from the audience. All week, activists have been calling on Obama to “evolve already,” noting that his position puts him to the right of the Republicans who supported same-sex marriage in New York.
Update: It’s now about 11:22 Eastern Time. Governor Cuomo just came out to do a victory lap and burnish his progressive credentials.
Update 2: I don’t know who this guy is introducing Cuomo, but he just said “Working with Governor Cuomo is like taking painting lessons from Picasso.” Talk about kissing butt!
Update 3: Here’s the New York Times report.
Update 4: Be sure to read Da TechGuy’s blog post on the subject. Something I hadn’t thought of:
3. I will be shocked if we don’t see a devout Muslim suing in NY for the right of polygamy. There is a significant population of Muslims in the state. If one can change the definition of marriage that has stood for thousands of years by a popular vote then there is no rational basis to deny a form of marriage that has been continually recognized by nations of the world and at least one of the worlds major religions for over a millennium.
Update 5: Read Cynthia Yockey’s post for the conservative case for gay marriage.