We Did It! Same-Sex Marriage in New York

"When it comes to fighting for what's right, New Yorkers wrote the book. And marriage equality is the next chapter of our civil rights story."

With those powerful words, Gov. Andrew Cuomo defined the importance of the fight for same-sex couples to marry, and today, New York State finally got on the right side of history. Democrats and Republicans in the State Senate united to pass fair marriage laws in a 33 to 29 vote.

This historic, bipartisan vote is a victory for families and a victory for human rights! Now, all loving couples in our state can enjoy the dignity, respect and legal rights that marriage provides.

Marriage shouldn't be about politics. Being able to get married — and protect your partner and your children — is a matter of human dignity. Today, our leaders put aside their differences and their party affiliation and stood up for fairness and equality for all.

Today they stood up for real people.

In 2009, the NYCLU launched www.MarriageNY.com, a website featuring a dozen New York couples explaining why getting married matters to them. Syracuse resident Susan Salomone, the mother of four children adopted through the foster care system explained that marrying her life partner Jean would help keep her family safe.

"We have established our relationship amongst our friends, our family, our church — it would be nice to have it legalized so we're completely protected," Susan said.

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Delaware, NY resident Rose Coppola has been with her partner nearly half her life.

"We've been together for 31 years and I'm getting old," Rose said. "I don't know how much longer I can wait for New York State to grant us a marriage."

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Rose doesn't have to wait any longer, and neither do the countless other families that will finally have access to the security and protection that marriage affords. Kudos to all of the elected officials who did the right thing today. And kudos to all of you who were instrumental in making it happen through your letters, emails, photos, phone calls and lobby visits. We couldn’t have done it without you.

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Luuk de Ruijter

As a proud Dutchman and Amsterdammer, I can only congratualate you both with this unbelievably important historical victory (or rather a correction of what should have been possible a long time ago).

As being the first country to have allowed same-sex marriage (since 2001!) we anxiously follow other countries that allow same-sex couples to marry. So, we actually quite surprised that South-Africa did allow it before a state like NY did. But all the luck in the world for you and all the other couples nonetheless.

brent james

More proof (as though any of us needed it) that the ACLU is an organization bent on delivering our country the most lawless and depraved playing field. Seeking to save, the ACLU is merely a champion of the mentally ill and criminal elements of society. When the results of such "progress" play out in the populace, the hollow minds behind the celebratory grins will no doubt wonder why. God help us. Oh wait, we've got to get rid of him, too.

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