Gay Families Find the Bronx Is a Place to Call Home

The New York Times
September 29, 2008
It is a statistic surprising even to those it describes: Same-sex couples in the Bronx are more likely to have children than those in any other New York City borough, according to a study released last month, and perhaps more than any county in the country. [Link]

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Newsom, Paterson Headline Prop. 8 Fund-Raiser In New York

Advocate.com
September 26, 2008
San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and New York governor David Paterson combined forces for a Manhattan fund-raiser Thursday. Paterson charmed the intimate crowd with his usual candor and Newsom fostered a sense of urgency, saying he had seen polls that put the opposition four points ahead of those who oppose the ban. [Link]

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Paterson Weighs In on California Gay Marriage

New York Times
September 23, 2008
Gov. David A. Paterson, who has made marriage for gay and lesbian couples in New York a priority of his administration, is lending his support to advocates in California who are fighting a proposal to end marriage equality there. (Link)

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Albany G.O.P. Leader Is Guest of Gay Group

New York Times
September 16, 2008
Among varying views of NY state Republican representatives at a Log Cabin Republican event, several assembly members voiced their continued support of marriage equality: “You can’t do it halfway,” said Assemblyman Joel M. Miller, a Poughkeepsie Republican, adding, “Gay marriage is absolutely right in America and everywhere else, and I’m proud to stand for it.” (Link)

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EDITORIAL: Family Values

New York Times
September 15, 2008
For more than a century, New York has recognized marriage contracts from other states, even if those couples could not legally marry here. Unlike many other states, New York has not enshrined bigotry by prohibiting the state from recognizing same-sex couples' marriages. [Link]

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Lawmakers See Progress Toward Marriage Equality

New York Sun
September 5, 2008
City lawmakers raised their voices in support of marriage equality, joining hundreds of New Yorkers yesterday in a march across the Brooklyn Bridge to boost awareness about the issue. The marchers wore stickers bearing an equal sign, and the crowd cheered as lawmakers talked up the prospect of the freedom to marry in New York State. Speakers at the event included Comptroller William Thompson Jr., Manhattan's president, Scott Stringer, and City Council speaker Christine Quinn. [Link]

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EDITORIAL: Another victory for gays

Times Union
September 4, 2008
Chalk up another well-deserved defeat for all those who oppose same-sex couples' marriages, particularly in New York. Governor Paterson's courageous order that this state has to recognize marriages of gay couples performed elsewhere has passed its first legal challenge. [Link]

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New York Court Rejects Challenge to Governor’s Marriage Recognition Directive

Leonard Link
September 3, 2008
A review of the decision by Bronx Supreme Court Justice Lucy Billings to reject a legal challenge to Governor David Paterson’s directive that state agencies recognize marriages of same-sex couples that were contracted outside of New York State. (Link)

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Court Backs Paterson Regarding Gay Unions

New York Times
September 2, 2008
Gov. David A. Paterson was acting within his powers when he issued an executive order requiring government agencies to recognize marriages of same-sex couples performed outside the state, a court ruled on Tuesday. (Link)

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Census Snapshot - New York City

Williams Institute
August 26, 2008
According to Census 2000, the nearly 26,000 same-sex couples in New York City are, in many ways, similar to married couples. They live throughout every borough, with 62% living outside of Manhattan. They are racially and ethnically diverse, have partners who depend upon one another financially, and actively participate in the city and state economy. [Link]

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