same-sex marriage Tag All blog entries tagged as same-sex marriage http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/latest Sat, 22 Mar 2014 01:43:33 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Cuomo Laments Saland's Loss http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2012/12/13/cuomo-laments-salands-loss- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2012/12/13/cuomo-laments-salands-loss-

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued a statement following the concession of Sen. Steve Saland who was one of the four Republicans who helped pass same-sex marriage in New York.

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Senator Stephen Saland has been an exemplary representative for the Hudson Valley whose leadership has made New York a better place.

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Steve has been a true partner who always put what was right before politics, and worked with me during the past two years to rebuild this state and restore the people’s faith in government. Throughout his career, he championed issues that directly affected New Yorkers, from strengthening protections against domestic violence, to putting in place an all-crimes DNA databank. As a result of his courage, tens of thousands of couples here in New York State have the freedom to marry whom they choose. Steve is a public servant of remarkable character, integrity, and courage and serves as a model for our collective aspirations of how our elected officials should perform. It is unfortunate that an elected official who stood so strong for equality, as Steve did, was not able to survive in today's political environment.

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I thank Steve for his work on behalf of the people of the state of New York and his friendship, and give my warmest wishes to him, his wife Linda, and their family as they enter this next phase."

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Cuomo promised to support legislators who voted for the same-sex marriage legislation so this statement is not extremely surprising. On the other hand, Senate Democrats have felt abandoned and have actually been abandoned by Cuomo in the fight for independent redistricting and during, during the election and now as the struggle for the control of the Senate chamber plays out. Cuomo fails to mention the Democrat, Terry Gipson, who defeated Saland.

Photo of Gov. Andrew Cuomo courtesy of the Office of the Governor.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:26:12 +0000
Court Declines To Hear Appeal on Same-Sex Marriage http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2012/10/23/court-declines-to-hear-appeal-on-same-sex-marriage- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2012/10/23/court-declines-to-hear-appeal-on-same-sex-marriage- The top court in the state declined to hear an appeal from New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms on overturning the state's same-sex marriage law today. Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued this statement:

Today, the New York State Court of Appeals, the highest court in the State, denied leave to appeal the validity of the Marriage Equality Act, which affords same-sex couples in this State the right to marry. New York State has served as a beacon for progressive ideals and this statute is a clear reminder of what this State stands for: equality and justice for all. With the Court’s decision, same-sex couples no longer have to worry that their right to marry could be legally challenged in this State. The freedom to marry in this State is secure for generations to come.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:18:29 +0000
Cuomo on DOMA Ruling http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2012/10/18/cuomo-on-doma-ruling http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2012/10/18/cuomo-on-doma-ruling

The Defense of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional today by a Federal Appeals Court in Manhattan. Gov. Andrew Cuomo who successfully championed the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York issued this statement:

In June 2011, New York State inspired the rest of the nation by becoming the largest state to achieve marriage equality. Today’s ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit provides further momentum for national progress on this important civil rights issue. What we did here in New York can only be the beginning, and we must continue to work together until all Americans are free to marry whom they love and are entitled to all of the rights and benefits of marriage equally, regardless of sexual orientation."

Cuomo congratulates Sen. Tom Duane on the floor of the Senate after the passage of same-sex marriage legislation. Photo courtesy of The Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:39:54 +0000
Bloomberg Makes His Money Walk and Talk http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/17/bloomberg-makes-his-money-walk-and-talk- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/17/bloomberg-makes-his-money-walk-and-talk-

What do you do if you are a billionaire mayor who is about to be term limited out of office, and you've already extended term limits once?

You start putting your money to use across the country to make sure your voice is still heard.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today that he will spend "eight figures" to influence gun laws and education policy across the country. The money will be spent to support moderates and independents around the country.

Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson will oversee the venture. Bloomberg said in a statement:

It's critically important that we have elected officials in Washington, Albany, and around the nation who are willing to work across party lines to achieve real results. I’ve always believed in the need for more independent leadership, and this new effort will support candidates and causes that will help protect Americans from the scourge of gun violence, improve our schools, and advance our freedoms

Bloomberg donated the maximum amount of $10,000 to each Republican State Senator who voted for same-sex marriage, reportedly donated $100,000 to the Senate Republican housekeeping account and is pouring cash into the same-sex marriage legalization effort in Maryland.

Photo courtesy of the Office of Mayor Bloomberg. Photo by Kristen Artz.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Wed, 17 Oct 2012 22:04:46 +0000
Headlines: Mixed Results for Republican Backers of Same-Sex Marriage http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/09/25/headlines-mixes-results-for-republican-backers-of-same-sex-marriage http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/09/25/headlines-mixes-results-for-republican-backers-of-same-sex-marriage

Mixed Results For GOP Backers of Gay Marriage


Two of the races involving State Senate Republicans who voted for sam-sex marriage that were too close to call on election night look like they are close to being resolved. After a recount Hudson Valley Sen. Steve Saland looks to have defeated his opponent Neil Di Carlo by 107 votes. Meanwhile, Sen. Roy McDonald of Saratoga appears to have lost his primary to Kathleen Marchione by a narrow margin. Sen. Mark Grisanti, another Republican support of same-sex marraige won a clear victory on election night while his colleague Sen. Jim Alessi chose not to seek reelection. Both sides of the debate over gay marriage are claiming victory despite the clearly mixed results.




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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Tue, 25 Sep 2012 12:30:39 +0000