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New York approves same-sex marriage: world reactions and VIDEOS

June 25, 2011

What can we say, this is a victory of the people of New York and the rest of the United States who believe in equality, social justice and true family values.

This is an important step for the recognition of civil rights for LGBT peoples in the U.S. and which will impact the rest of the world. Here are some reactions about this historic legislation.

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Congratulations New York!

Felicitaciones Nueva York!

The moment of voting results – New York State Senate Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill


In Manhattan, at the traditional Stonewall bar where the LGBT civil rights movement in the U.S. started when Black and Puerto Rican transgender protested police homophobic raids.

In the world

Statements from LGBT organizations

Statement from New Yorkers United for Marriage On Passage of Historic Marriage Equality Bill

“Just now, the New York State Senate made history by voting to make marriage equality the law of the Empire State. Heeding the call of a majority of New Yorkers and the voices of a broad coalition of LGBT advocates, business, religious and labor leaders, tonight a bipartisan group of State Senators voted to allow all New Yorkers the freedom to marry the person they love. Thanks to the passionate leadership of Governor Cuomo, long-standing support from Assembly Speaker Silver, Assemblymember O’Donnell and his Assembly colleagues, thoughtful leadership from Majority Leader Skelos, strong support from Democratic Leader Sampson, Senator Duane and the vast majority of the Democratic conference, as well as the courageous votes of Republican Senators Alesi, Grisanti, McDonald, and Saland, New York will once again be a leader in the struggle for equality. Tonight’s victory is sweet and long in coming — not only for gay and lesbian New Yorkers and their friends and families — but for all New Yorkers who believe in fairness and justice.”

New Yorkers United for Marriage is a coalition of leading New York LGBT rights organizations fighting so that all couples in New York State have the freedom to marry the person they love.

The Empire State Pride Agenda is the statewide civil rights and advocacy group committed to achieving full equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) New Yorkers and our families. For twenty years we have been educating policymakers, elected officials and the public, building coalitions and mobilizing allies, lobbying government officials, administering a Political Action Committee, and organizing and empowering the LGBT community.

Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

Marriage Equality New York (MENY) is a grassroots, volunteer based, single-issue organization dedicated to securing the right for all New Yorkers to enter into legally recognized civil marriages. With local chapters throughout New York State, MENY is leading the fight for equality, helping educate local and state politicians and candidates to support equal marriage rights legislation.

Log Cabin Republicans is the nation’s only organization of Republicans who support fairness, freedom and equality for gay and lesbian Americans. Log Cabin has state and local chapters nationwide, a full-time office in Washington, D.C., a federal political action committee and state political action committees.

History in the Making: New York To Become Seventh U.S. Jurisdiction Allowing Gay and Lesbian Couples to Marry

Governor Cuomo’s leadership and unprecedented field campaign push bill over finish line

WASHINGTON – 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.”

The successful vote in the Senate comes after a strategic, coordinated and aggressive legislative advocacy effort by LGBT civil rights organizations. Working in close coordination with a tight-knit coalition, HRC’s National Field Director, Marty Rouse, led one of the largest legislative advocacy efforts in New York state history and the largest field campaign ever in support of state gay rights legislation. An unprecedented 30 full-time field organizers were employed by HRC across the state and generated over 150,000 constituent contacts to targeted legislators. To reflect the deep and diverse support for marriage equality, HRC also created “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality,” a video campaign that eventually featured more than 40 iconic New Yorkers ranging from President Bush’s daughter Barbara Bush to Russell Simmons advocating for marriage equality ( HRC spent more than $1 million overall on the effort to pass marriage in New York.

“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.”

HRC was a founding member of New Yorkers United for Marriage. Coalition partners include HRC, Empire State Pride Agenda, Freedom to Marry, Marriage Equality New York, and Log Cabin Republicans. The coalition raised $2 million that it used to advocate for marriage equality.

In the past year, a number of national polls (Washington Post/ABC News, Gallup, and CNN) have shown, for the first time that a majority of the country supports marriage equality. Support for same-sex marriage has increased by 19 percentage points since 1996, according to the Pew Research Center.

For maps of marriage and relationship recognition laws in the states, please visit:

The Human Rights Campaign is America¹s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.


New York, NY, June 24, 2011 – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today applauded a vote by the New York state Senate that will allow loving gay and lesbian couples to marry in the Empire State. The bill, which was approved by the state Assembly last Wednesday, will now be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has led a high-profile campaign in support of marriage equality in New York.

GLAAD has New York couples, faith leaders and marriage equality advocates ready to speak to the media about the decision. Additional resources for media are available here:

“At the heart of this vote are loving and committed New Yorkers who simply want the same thing all Americans want: the ability to take care of the people they love and to protect their families,” said GLAAD’s Senior Director of Programs Herndon Graddick. “Gay and lesbian New Yorkers are now one step closer to the vital legal protections that marriage affords and which all couples need.

“GLAAD applauds the work of our partners at the Empire State Pride Agenda, Marriage Equality New York, Freedom to Marry, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Log Cabin Republicans and the couples whose personal stories have moved lawmakers to support this historic legislation,” Graddick continued. “GLAAD encourages media reporting on this story to ground their coverage in the stories of the New York couples whose love and commitment is at the heart of today’s decision.”

GLAAD has helped several gay and lesbian couples from across the Empire State share their stories in local and national media in an effort to build support for marriage equality. In collaboration with the New Yorkers United for Marriage coalition, GLAAD has also held trainings for couples and allies that help advocates speak out more effectively on the local and national level.

About GLAAD: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. For more information, visit

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