Paterson backs gay rights

The Buffalo News
June 4, 2008
The editorial staff opines that NY Gov. Paterson's directive to honor marriages moves New York in the right direction. (Link)

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History warns against policies of hate, prejudice and exclusion

The Syracuse Post-Standard
June 4, 2008
In a letter to the editor, a non-gay ally writes, "I believe that it will certainly take time, but that the vast majority of us who think for ourselves and lead reflective lives will not allow the civil rights issue of this era to go unnoticed." [Link]

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In Harlem, the Governor’s Support of Marriage Equality Gets a Mixed Reaction

New York Times
June 2, 2008
Harlem residents express a variety of reactions to Gov. Paterson's support of marriage equality from very negative to very positive. “I have nothing against same-sex marriage, if it makes people happy,” said Lorice Johnson, 70. Other Harlem residents voiced more nuanced views, saying that while they disagreed with "same-sex marriage", they still approved of Mr. Paterson’s leadership. [Link]

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Who Supports Marriage Equality? ... A Show of Hands

In the wake of the California Supreme Court decision upholding the freedom to marry (for which the court just denied a rehearing or stay) and New York's Gov. Paterson directing state officials to rightfully uphold the state's law to honor out of state marriages by same-sex couples, support for marriage equality is being voiced across our country:

— Polls Nationwide and in California Show Majority Support

Macys Publishes Full-Page Ads Honoring the Freedom to Marry

Jay Leno Says "I Do" in Support of Marriage Equality

Bill O'Reilly & Gov. Schwarzenegger See Defeat for Anti-Gay Advocates in CA

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Fighting Same-Sex Policy Seems to Be Uphill Battle

New York Times
May 30, 2008

Legal challenges to Gov. David A. Paterson’s directive to honor marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions are likely to face an uphill fight, legal experts said, because the law has existed in NY for a long time and was already reaffirmed by various courts in the state. (Link)

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A Step Closer to Justice

New York Times
May 30, 2008

The NYT editorial board opines New Yorkers should be proud of Gov. Paterson’s support of the freedom to marry and calls for the legislature to take action in order to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from being married in New York, rather than just being able to honor their marriages from out of state. (Link)

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How NY Governor Set His Stance on Gay Rights

New York Times
May 30, 2008

Gov. Paterson first supported marriage equality in 1994 and has had a lifelong desire to support the civil rights struggle of the gay community. (Link)

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New York to Honor Out-of-State Marriages, With No Gay Exception

NY Gov. David Paterson directed state agencies to ensure that the out-of-state mariages of same-sex couples are respected and treated equally under law, the same as New York does with different-sex couples' marriages. Gov. Paterson's order conforms to NY's historic practice and the common-sense principle that it makes more sense to respect marriages than to destabilize them. It spares couples and their kids the need to haggle and litigate, and saves the taxpayers the money that would be spent on needless and cruel litigation. In another advance for marriage equality, California is set to begin offering marriage licenses to same-sex couples on June 17th, just as the highly respected Field Poll reported that a majority of Californians now agree with their state Supreme Court and support the freedom to marry.

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NY Republican Assemblywoman Votes for Equality, Constituents Respond with Support

Last year, Representative Teresa R. Sayward, a three-term Republican from NY's North County voted in favor of ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage in New York. Proving fears of support for marriage are unwarranted, she received an "excellent reception" from her constituents who either agreed with her vote or respected her principled stand. Rep. Sayward's actions are an example of the simple courage needed to ensure the freedom to marry throughout our country.

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Constituents Back a Tough Stand

New York Times
May 12, 2008

Rep. Teresa R. Sayward, a Republican New York Assemblywoman discusses her vote in favor of the freedom to marry and how her largely Republican district rallied around her in support of her stance for equality: “We got an excellent reception.” (Link)

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