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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Assembly’s Gay Rites Backers Reap Benefits

The New York Sun
August 7, 2008
"Many of them are a bunch of fossils from a bygone day," a Republican assemblyman of Dutchess County, Joel Miller, who also backed the bill, said of the Senate Republicans. "Constituents have changed. More of us represent a district in which there's a lot more people of diverse views." Said Mr. Miller: "That's why these donations come in. They want to send a message that you can be a Republican, you can vote for gay marriage, and you can be re-elected." [Link]

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Christian Group Challenges Paterson on Gay Rites Order

The New York Sun
August 6, 2008
Lambda Legal will be intervening in tomorrow's hearing on behalf of a New York same-sex couple married in Canada. "This case is really just the Alliance Defense Fund piling on one more nuisance case, when the issue's already been effectively passed over," Lambda Legal's litigator, Susan Sommer, said. [Link]

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Baby, You Can Drive My (Rented) Car, and Other Perks

New York Times
August 2, 2008
This article lists some of the state protections and responsibilities married couples receive in NY. (Link)

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New York Gay Couples Head to Massachusetts With Marriage in Mind

New York Times
August 2, 2008
In an article discussing whether couples will travel from NY to MA to marry, Evan Wolfson said "that many people he talked to wanted to be able to marry at home, 'and I count myself among them. I don’t think New Yorkers should have to go to Niagara Falls, Canada, to have what we should have in Niagara Falls, New York.'” (Link)

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NY couple won’t get married in Mass.

WNYT
July 31, 2008
"We are one of the most progressive states in the union and we should set an example for the rest of the country. And we'll get there, so I'm waiting for us," said Lekakis. [Link]

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