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HRC: ‘Victory sends a message that marriage equality across the country will be a reality very soon’

Friday, June 24, 2011

Update: Gov. Andew Cuomo signs the Marriage Equality Act just hours after Senate’s passage. Story here.

Update: Complete coverage on marriage equality vote here.

Statement from the Human Rights Campaign:

In a history making, bipartisan vote, the New York Senate today passed a widely popular marriage equality bill after the most aggressive state legislative campaign in the history of the LGBT rights movement. With Governor Cuomo’s promised signature of the bill, New York will become the sixth state, plus the District of Columbia, where same-sex couples can legally marry.

“History was made today in New York. This victory sends a message that marriage equality across the country will be a reality very soon,” said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign.

“Governor Cuomo has shown New York and the nation what leadership looks like,” added Brian Ellner, HRC’s senior strategist in the state. “The bipartisan nature of the vote is compelling proof that marriage equality is increasingly an issue that unites, not divides. Legislators listened to their constituents and did the right thing.”

“There’s no doubt that this was the most unified marriage effort ever,” said Solmonese. “Today’s victory is made even sweeter by the fact that organizations were able to rally around a common goal, work hard and deliver a huge win for civil and human rights.”

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18 more reader comments:

  1. I BELIEVE THIS!

    Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 8:08pm
  2. Am I da only onee smiling there ass off ritee now ??? Haha =D

    Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 8:08pm
  3. we need like a gay equivalency of Martin Luther king so that we can get the whole country in on the same boat lol

    Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 8:09pm
  4. AWWWW SHUX NOW!!!

    Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 8:11pm
  5. So the majority of the East Village is getting married tomorrow

    Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 8:13pm
  6. I Wore My I <3 NT Shirt Today…… NOW I WEAR IT PROUDLY!

    Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 8:18pm
  7. Not in Indiana anytime soon. We need help over here.

    Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 8:18pm
  8. This is extremely exciting. I’m hoping that maybe other states will follow new yorks example and legalise same-sex marriage!

    Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 8:22pm
  9. Yes.

    Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 8:46pm
  10. HRC, shut up. You’re completely useless. You had nothing to do with this. Go. Just go. Stop it.

    Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 8:49pm
  11. YAY!!!

    Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 8:49pm
  12. How can you say that, Gen? Are you really that ignorant of all the actions taken by the HRC?

    Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 8:56pm
  13. i’m not ignorant of everyone they’ve thrown under the bus! I want to be represented by someone decent for once.

    Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 9:02pm
  14. Please explain, because I have read many comments about how HRC were cherry-picking their causes but each and everyone of them have been refuted.

    Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 9:20pm
  15. Marriage equality, country-wide, very soon?
    No, no, no, no, no. That’s almost stupidity. Look how long it took to get 6, let alone 44 more, one of which we had and then lost. And that one is STILL working out Prop 8 shit? There is no such thing as ‘very soon’. Perseverance and determination is about all we got on this one.

    Posted on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 1:23am
  16. You can take Joe’s statement to the bank. The real message here is that religious nutcases are no longer in control of the issue. The PEOPLE are.

    Posted on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 5:46am
  17. My guess is that you don’t live in NY, and have never visited NY. You are also unclear of how significant having the most populous state and the largest US city on board. This is larger than you are aware of. Do NOT rain on our parade because you don’t understand it.

    Posted on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 5:47am
  18. I agree with you Katie, it will take time. But as with every movements about equality and rights, there is usually some kind of butterfly effect. The more states understand equality, the faster it gets.

    Posted on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 8:37am