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BREAKING: NY State Senate passes religious protections, moves to legalize same-sex marriage!

Marriage equality

The New York State Senate just voted to pass the religious protections ammendment on the marriage equality bill by a margin of 36-26. Apologies for our mistatement a moment ago.

There are 2 speakers left then the official announcement of the final vote will be given.

UPDATE: The New York State Senate just voted 33 to 29 to pass the marriage equality bill. Read our updated post here, or copied below.

 

By Adam Bink

Just now, the New York State Senate voted to legalize same-sex marriage! The vote was 33-29. Since the Assembly passed the bill, it will go to Gov. Cuomo’s desk, where he will enthusiastically sign it (and kudos for his hard work on this). The measure cannot be repealed at the ballot.

There are a lot of people to thank, but we at Courage will start with you. Just as we did on repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, we focused on a core group of undecided Senators and called, called, called. Folks like AnonyGrl reported from the statehouse. Others shared new information for each Senator and the timeline. We tweeted at Sen. Greg Ball, we voted in the WBEN poll and called the station out on its poll questions, we asked our friends and family and colleagues to call. Courage members in New York State made call after call. Everyone here should be proud of themselves. This is what a movement — and a blog community — look like.

On a personal note, I cannot say how thankful I am, as a guy born and raised in Western New York. My mother in suburban Buffalo (who made many of her own phone calls, and organized her colleagues at work to help, too) often uses the Yiddish term nachas. That would probably be the right term — glowing pride, a feeling of warm satisfaction. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

We’re going to take this momentum to other states and win in battlegrounds like Minnesota and Maryland. Please see the e-mail below for more on how we’re going to do that. If you support the work we’re doing together here at Prop8TrialTracker and elsewhere online, please consider chipping in to support our efforts by clicking here.

 

Courage Campaign

Dear Adam,

We did it: the NY State Senate just voted to legalize same-sex marriage! Gov. Cuomo is ready to sign the bill, which already passed the Assembly, and NY will become the largest state in the union to grant couples the equal rights they deserve.

You helped make this happen! In partnership with the Human Rights Campaign and New Yorkers United for Marriage, Courage members made call after call until we picked up the six votes we needed. Previously undecided Senators like Addabbo, Huntley and others publicly cited the number of calls they got from folks like you as a reason they supported equality. Now, we’ve got to keep this train moving.

Can you chip in right now to help us push for marri age equality in other battleground states like Minnesota and Maryland?

Here’s why this is important, Adam: we can use the success in New York as a tool to move residents and lawmakers in other states. At Courage, our Testimony project helps compelling stories go viral.

In Minnesota, where voters will face a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in 2012, we can use the story of a Buffalo, NY couple getting married after 52 years together to convince an undecided Duluth, MN voter. When we’re pushing Senators to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), we can show them the stories of couples who get married from New York, but live in or move to another state, so they lose the rights from that marriage at the border.

Will you chip in so we can bring what worked in New York to other states?

This will help us beyond marriage. We can also change hearts and minds in states like Tennessee, where the governor just signed legislation banning any protections for LGBT people and where the Senate passed the odious “Don’t Say Gay” bill. We can show the rest of the country why they should stand on the right side of history. We’ll use your contribution to tell those stories through viral videos and ads in other states so we can speed up the day when all Americans, LGBT or straight, can finally be equal.

We’re ready to move on to the next state. Will you join us?

Thanks for everything you’re doing,

Adam Bink

Native Western New Yorker and Director of Online Programs, Courage Campaign

89 Comments

  • 1. Fan Yang  |  June 24, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    OMG! YES! YES! YES!

  • 2. LCH  |  June 24, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    HAPPY PRIDE NY AND SAN FRANCISCO

  • 3. Ann S.  |  June 24, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Twitters say this is just the amendments, not the bill.

  • 4. Ann S.  |  June 24, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    @VictoryFund Victory Fund
    #NYSenate approves amendments to #marraigeequality bill. Final debate right now. #NY4M

  • 5. Gregory in SLC  |  June 24, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Anony I'M here call or email or text me! Gregory and hubby

  • 6. bILL tOSCANO  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    IT HAS NOT HAPPENED YET!!

    tHAT WAS THE AMENDMENT!

  • 7. Bob  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    congratulations ,,,,,,, wondering what kind of percedence was set by those carve outs,,,, and how they will affect our lives down the road,,,,,,, start the weddings and lets find out,,,,,,,,,, EQUALITY NOW great work and as courage says on to the next state,,,,,,,,, cheers from Canada….. now go and get married N.Y.

  • 8. JonT  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Jumped the gun myself… sorry.

    But it's still a start! :)

  • 9. Zander1986  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I am so excited! New York today… the rest of the United States soon to follow. (I hope.) :D

  • 10. Andy @Courage  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Apologies, the vote was for the religious freedom's section, NOT the final bill. We are confident it will pass shortly as the floor vote is occurring momentarily.

    -Andy @Courage

  • 11. elliott  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Oops! Just the amendments? Sheee-yit.

  • 12. nightshayde  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    It's tough to type through tears — and frustrating to not be able to get a live feed either via computer (where most everything is blocked) or through my phone (where so many things aren't mobile-compatible or aren't android compatible).

    Please please please please please let the "real" vote turn out the same!!!

  • 13. Bill Toscano  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Senators are explaining their votes. Sen. Rueben Diaz, the only Democrat voting no, did not acquit himself well.

    Sen. Tom Duane, the sponsor, is speaking now. I

  • 14. bILL tOSCANO  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    But they have not announced the final tally.

  • 15. Carpool_Cookie  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    PS: That Senator Diaz is either DRUNK or INSANE!! (Maybe both?)

  • 16. LCH  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I've gotten so impatient even the Senators who are on our are coming cross as full of hot air. Vote already.

  • 17. Ann S.  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I know. Sit down, Duane, and let the Senate vote!

  • 18. Carpool_Cookie  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Why is everyone soooo rambly, both Democrat and Republican? You'd think they had 2 minute speeches written weeks ago, a set of speeches going either way? Get it together, People!!!

    On the other hand, maybe they're all battle fatigued.

  • 19. John_B_in_DC  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Born, raised, and educated in New York. I am so proud of my home state right now. I may no longer live there but I LOVE NEW YORK!!!

  • 20. Meagan  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    What a great night for him.

  • 21. bjason  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Agreed, sit down

  • 22. Gregory in SLC  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Kathleen you are the bomb! Love gregory

  • 23. JonT  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Two more speakers, then they will announce the results.

  • 24. Balu  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Grisanti votes YES. And he looks very handsome too :)

  • 25. Chris  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Go Grisanti!!!

  • 26. Carpool_Cookie  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Grisanti, "But I am not here just as a Catholic…I am here as a lawyer…I cannot legally come up with an argument against same sex marriage."

    Oooooh! LOVE HIM!

    "I have read about civil unions, they do not work. They cause chaos….I've done the research and my belief is that a person can be wiser today than they were yesterday, when you do the work…I cannot deny a worker, a taxpayer…a person across the state of New York, the same rights that I have with my wife."

  • 27. LesbosLoveBoies  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Via AnonyGrl…Ball stepped OUT.

    Me: Coward.

  • 28. nightshayde  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Good for him! I wonder if he read my loooooong e-mails.

  • 29. bjason  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Damn, go Grisanti!!

  • 30. aquaCA  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    So friggin close to equality (well at state level)!

  • 31. Phil L  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    OMG OMG OMG! I can't wait for this to be done!

  • 32. Kathleen  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    So what's going on now? Anyone know why he had to talk to those two Senators?

  • 33. Waxr  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    That is two uncommitted Senators who have come over to support the bill. And Grisanti is a Catholic.

  • 34. LesbosLoveBoies  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Via AnonyGrl…Big applause in the room after Grisanti spoke.

  • 35. Carpool_Cookie  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Mmmmmmmmmmm….clever. And, true.

  • 36. Kathleen  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Definitely the latter. Don't know about the former.

  • 37. Carpool_Cookie  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    So what was the emergency break about?

    Did Sen. Diaz mess himself?

  • 38. Ann S.  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    tweets say Ball (I think) cursing, wanted to speak. Maybe that's it, I donno

  • 39. Rich  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    We're close!! Grisanti, Saland…we are so close!

  • 40. LesbosLoveBoies  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Via AnonyGrl…Standing room only now in Gallery, Against the rules but they let more people in.

    Me…they know this is a historic event.

  • 41. ben  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Keep in mind that it’s past 10pm here, and this entire week the whole senate has been in session from 10am until 8pm every day, with lots of closed-door stuff happening outside those hours to get a whole SLEW of other business passed. I bet they’re all exhausted.

  • 42. Ann S.  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    @TUCapCon Capitol Confidential
    I didn't hear that, but @MikieBarb did. Sez Parker was dropping f-bombs. Wants to speak on #samesexmarriage

    Maybe that's the holdup?

  • 43. Steve  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Catholics tend to favor marriage equality. It's the Catholic Church that's a malevolent criminal conspiracy and a cancer on mankind. But they can't really do anything to lay people. Excommunication and publishing or teaching bans are reserved for church officials and employees. That means most Catholics just ignore what the Vatican says

  • 44. Zander1986  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I'm new to all of this… What's up with this brief recess?

  • 45. aquaCA  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Eww… Who's gonna volunteer to change his diapers?

  • 46. JonT  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Wow… 48K viewers. Wonder if this is breaking their record…

  • 47. Ann S.  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    BOOOHOOOOO

    @nomtweets NOM
    Betrayal: Grisanti sells out. Supports same sex marriage. Ran against gay marriage. Time for a primary challenge. #NO4M

    So sad, too bad.

  • 48. Carpool_Cookie  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    But they're not making good speeches! (aside from Grisanti )

  • 49. bjason  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    JESUS TAP-DANCING CHRIST — GET ON WITH IT!!!

  • 50. Drpatrick1  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I am soooo conflicted! I think this will bring marriage to NY, but not equality. The religious protections appear to enact discrimination into the marriage laws! I want equality, not special rights for religious bigots to discriminate against my partner and me. Any lawyers out there with an opinion?

  • 51. JonT  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    My heartfelt hugs to Anonygrl!

  • 52. Ann S.  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Capitol Confidential
    @TUCapCon Capitol Confidential
    Parker has something of a history of violent outbursts. Has taken anger-management. He represents Brooklyn. #samesexmarriage

  • 53. Ann S.  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Kruger another swing R? Anyone know?

  • 54. Ann S.  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    @freedomtomarry freedomtomarry
    Sen Carl Kruger, who voted no in 2009, is speaking in favor of the marriage bill #NY4M

  • 55. Kate  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Tell 'em you're Mormons for Equality, Gregory, and that you came all the way from SLC to attend.

  • 56. Gregory in SLC  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    LLB tell anony to text or call me when gets out. Sent cell to her email. Gregory.ps thx for your updates and help.

  • 57. Carpool_Cookie  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Sen. Cruger: "Here, in the shadow of darkness, a light has come down….I was one of the no votes on the original bill…but tonight is a reaffirmation of what a family is. It is a difficult vote for everyone….it is a clear and compelling message…the right and the freedoms that this empire state has made….people that care can really make a difference." (well that was some of it)

  • 58. Carpool_Cookie  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Okay….THAT was it !

    33 (us) to 29 (them)

  • 59. Gregory in SLC  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    33 !

  • 60. Josh  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    33-29!!!!!!! Yay!!

  • 61. Straight 4 Equality  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Congratulations, New York!

  • 62. Kate  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    So why were there more votes in favor of the amendments than there were for the actual bill????

  • 63. ben  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    AND SHE PASSED BY FOUR VOTES! CONGRATULATIONS, FELLOW CITIZENS

    http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/5852/nysenate.png

  • 64. Carpool_Cookie  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Strange…..but apt?

    Now we get organ chapel music….

  • 65. Rich  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Celebrations all across the land!!!!! Tonight we say NO! to hate and bigotry and NOM! Justice prevails, the civil rights of all win the day. To all the gay youth in America: hold your heads high, pick up the fight and it's on to Equality throughout the land!

  • 66. Andrew_SEA  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    OMG! I am in tears here…. I am so happy for my brothers and sisters in NY. God Bless… make those plans now and please post your stories and pictures so we can all share in your joy!

  • 67. Carpool_Cookie  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I loved the chants of "U.S.A. ! ! ! ….U.S.A. ! ! ! ….U.S.A. ! ! !" that filled the chamber!

  • 68. Sagesse  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    As Andrew Sullivan said, this is a BFD! Happy Pride, eveyone.

  • 69. Brent  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    For those who voted for the amendment but against the bill, it ensured that at least the various religious protections would be in place even if it passed. Similarly, there may have been some who voted against the amendment but for the bill, wanting full rights to marry without any sort of exceptions.

    This sort of thing is actually extremely common in virtually all legislatures.

  • 70. nightshayde  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Now … where's that Franklin guy?

  • 71. Alan_Eckert  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Pride this weekend is going to be awesome now!

  • 72. Kate  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Well, that makes sense. Thanks, Brent!

  • 73. Rob  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    WBEN in buffalo has a new poll up… time to vote again!

  • 74. Carpool_Cookie  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    "Catholics tend to favor marriage equality."

    As a non Catholic, I was kind of shocked by this…but my friend says her Catholic Church in Greenwich Village welcomed gays way back in the 1970's, when she attended as a child.

    So in some Catholic communities, yeah, there's the official rule, and then there's all the human beings in charge of enforcing the rules, then there's everyone else breaking the rules….and a couple angry hall monitors grouped over in the corner, seething.

  • 75. aquaCA  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Back to under the rock he came from along with his pal Bruce

  • 76. aquaCA  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    All that obsession with male gay sex was very suspicious…

  • 77. Carpool_Cookie  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    So they were the cheerleaders!!

    That choked me up! Like the Berlin Wall coming down, and the dancing in the streets : )

  • 78. Carpool_Cookie  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Woooooooooooooooooooooo!

  • 79. Ron  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    From Los Angeles; New York we love you!!!!! So so happy for you and for the USA tonight!! Have a total blast at Pride and know ghat my husband Bruce and I will be celebrating your big WIN from SFO Pride!!! Xoxoxo

  • 80. loaferguy  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Also in Sacramento. It is a great day!!!!!!!

  • 81. Carpool_Cookie  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Uh, do we change the headline back, now? I want to link to it…

  • 82. Carpool_Cookie  |  June 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    OMG….in retrospect, this is the funniest post of the night : )

    I can see you, scrambled up on top of a desk with a bullhorn.

  • 83. aquaCA  |  June 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Hey, loaferguy! I already had 2 beers (I confess nowadays my limits are really low) otherwise I would be somewhere in K St celebrating! :P

    It's a great day, indeed! :)

  • 84. Gregory in SLC  |  June 24, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Love you COOKIE!

    On way to meet anony at celebration ! Thx for help Kate !

  • 85. dsc77  |  June 25, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Fantastic news! And Saturday is Pride here in Bangor, Maine! We have much to celebrate!!!

    Dave in Maine

  • 86. MFargo  |  June 25, 2011 at 4:16 am

    :)

  • 87. MFargo  |  June 25, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Happy Pride in Bangor, Dave in Maine.

  • 88. dsc77  |  June 25, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Canvassing here in Maine during the 2009 campaign I met many from the large French Catholic community here who favored marriage equality with the religious protections the law provided. The Church that passed the second collection plate to fight gay marriage and many Catholics I talked to thought it was wrong, especially when there are so many wrongs within the Church and without that should be addressed first.

  • 89. seth from maryland  |  June 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    i really dont care where he is lol

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