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31. ...and the crowd began chanting, "U.S.A! U.S.A!"
They couldn't do it in Hawaii in 1998.

They couldn't do it in California in 2008.

But, some states stood up for equality.

And now, New York, the Empire State, almost 10 years to the day after being decimated by a terrorist attack that clearly singled them out as being uniquely American and a symbol of American ideals, has chosen equality for all as the path forward.

Because of the bold and the brave people of the states of Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York and the District of Colombia, marriage and the laws of marriage as recognized among us will now be open to all Americans. No judgment will be passed about who you choose to marry. Our government does not flinch at your right to love and marry whomever you choose.

It has now, I believe, become inevitable that equal marriage rights for all will one day soon become the norm throughout our country. It may not happen under this President, or this Congress, or this Supreme Court, but it will happen and soon. In spite of laws passed many years ago such as the Defense of Marriage Act, and in spite of political movements to codify discrimination through amending our own Constitution, our common effort to provide a country where everyone is treated equally will stand the test of time.

It's also important to point out that what President Obama has done, in concert with the 111th Congress and our military leaders, in revoking Don't Ask Don't Tell policies and by including all Americans respectfully within our armed services, is an important part of the push among us all toward better equality and a more perfect union as a people. I dare say that, had President Obama and the 111th Congress not eliminated Don't Ask Don't Tell, we would not be here today celebrating the progress that we have made.

On a personal note, I want to thank all of my straight sisters and brothers who were able to see past the haze of hateful rhetoric and recognize that an entire class of people are being discriminated against. There have never been and will never be enough GLBT people alive to pass these laws alone. By standing up for my own equal rights, you have proven yourself to be among the great heroes of America. Like the many Caucasian Americans who stood up to be heard with the voices that called for racial equality, your efforts will live in infamy as an apt display of the best part of what it means to be an American. It's no surprise to history that GLBT people, like myself, want to be recognized as equals. But, it is an extraordinary testament to our own history that America is becoming a safe place for people of all walks of life, no matter their race, their origin, their abilities, their gender or their orientation. And you, my straight friends, have made all the difference.

Keo
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  -BREAKING: NY Senate Passes Gay Marriage Bill Hissyspit  Jun-24-11 09:30 PM   #0 
  - Thanks for the timely updates!  tomm2thumbs   Jun-24-11 09:32 PM   #1 
  - Thank you, Hissyspit.  yardwork   Jun-24-11 09:34 PM   #2 
  - Good  BeFree   Jun-24-11 09:35 PM   #3 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jun-25-11 06:50 AM   #104 
  - WooHoo!  bigwillq   Jun-24-11 09:35 PM   #4 
  - K&R !!!  RKP5637   Jun-24-11 09:38 PM   #5 
  - Fantastic!! I am proud of my home state!  Blasphemer   Jun-24-11 09:41 PM   #6 
  - kick nt  Hissyspit   Jun-24-11 09:46 PM   #7 
  - Oh no. Now I'll get teh gay.  onehandle   Jun-24-11 09:48 PM   #8 
  - .....  Enthusiast   Jun-25-11 04:30 AM   #91 
  - BREAKING:New York state Senate OKs same-sex marriage  NYC Liberal   Jun-24-11 09:51 PM   #9 
  - Rec  AldebTX   Jun-24-11 09:51 PM   #10 
  - This pisses me off  Blecht   Jun-24-11 09:51 PM   #11 
  - Oh come on. Everyone is now celebrating and you're sitting there pissed off?  Tx4obama   Jun-24-11 09:51 PM   #16 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jun-25-11 01:44 AM   #84 
  - Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good-enough-for-now.  DinahMoeHum   Jun-24-11 10:49 PM   #53 
  - And tourism.  Enthusiast   Jun-25-11 04:33 AM   #92 
     - Bingo.  DinahMoeHum   Jun-25-11 09:01 AM   #114 
     - As it should be  tavalon   Jun-25-11 09:57 AM   #124 
  - This was a big step in that direction.  JNelson6563   Jun-25-11 08:02 AM   #113 
  - Yes. That and Medical Marijuana too....  orbitalman   Jun-25-11 09:37 AM   #121 
  - +1  sarcasmo   Jun-25-11 12:41 PM   #135 
  - This is a good day  tavalon   Jun-25-11 09:56 AM   #123 
  - WooHoo!!  bigwillq   Jun-24-11 09:51 PM   #12 
  - K&R !!!  RKP5637   Jun-24-11 09:51 PM   #13 
  - 33 to 29 on the final vote! :) n/t  Tx4obama   Jun-24-11 09:51 PM   #14 
  - K&R, and it's from a newspaper.  Kurovski   Jun-24-11 09:51 PM   #15 
  - That is great for New York. It is just sad that we can't  avebury   Jun-24-11 09:51 PM   #17 
  - Freedom isn't free  customerserviceguy   Jun-24-11 09:51 PM   #18 
  - No matter how much the tight ass old guard fights, this war is already won  tavalon   Jun-25-11 09:59 AM   #125 
     - true enough but  donquijoterocket   Jun-25-11 10:34 AM   #130 
        - Can't disagree with that  tavalon   Jun-25-11 05:36 PM   #142 
  - Yea New York!  bitchkitty   Jun-24-11 09:51 PM   #19 
  - I say Celebrate!  SoapBox   Jun-24-11 09:51 PM   #20 
  - I feel great tonight +1  Politicub   Jun-24-11 09:51 PM   #21 
  - Momentum continues - congrats to NY  tomm2thumbs   Jun-24-11 09:51 PM   #22 
  - Great!!! Remember this when you feel we aren't making progress.  gtar100   Jun-24-11 09:54 PM   #23 
  - Rachel just said there is one difference in this bill than the ones in  jwirr   Jun-24-11 09:55 PM   #24 
  - Iowa too.  plantwomyn   Jun-24-11 09:57 PM   #28 
  - My cousin married  leftynyc   Jun-24-11 10:05 PM   #33 
  - Ditto about CT  BumRushDaShow   Jun-25-11 05:49 AM   #98 
  - Well thats just begging for a SCOTUS review  davepc   Jun-24-11 10:07 PM   #35 
  - I wonder what Rachel was talking about? Maybe just the economic  jwirr   Jun-25-11 10:36 AM   #131 
  - America became a measurably better place tonight.  Zenlitened   Jun-24-11 09:55 PM   #25 
  - Awesome! Good for NY State.  Chemisse   Jun-24-11 09:55 PM   #26 
  - Hallelujah!!!  liberalmuse   Jun-24-11 09:55 PM   #27 
  - yes!  Kali   Jun-24-11 10:00 PM   #29 
  - YES!!!!  peace frog   Jun-24-11 10:01 PM   #30 
  - ...and the crowd began chanting, "U.S.A! U.S.A!"  keopeli   Jun-24-11 10:02 PM   #31 
  - I heard that!  Hissyspit   Jun-24-11 10:07 PM   #37 
  - I love your post.  tpsbmam   Jun-25-11 09:05 AM   #116 
  - Out goddamn standing.  Deep13   Jun-24-11 10:04 PM   #32 
  - Great news! n/t  InvisibleTouch   Jun-24-11 10:05 PM   #34 
  - I watched most of the proceedings with my son...  rbnyc   Jun-24-11 10:07 PM   #36 
  - I'm so proud of my state!  KeyserSoze87   Jun-24-11 10:09 PM   #38 
  - Awesome on a Friday --  felix_numinous   Jun-24-11 10:09 PM   #39 
  - K&R!!!  laconicsax   Jun-24-11 10:10 PM   #40 
  - Ahhh. My home state does something that I can be proud of. I was really happy  geckosfeet   Jun-24-11 10:10 PM   #41 
  - Yes!!!! Go, New York!!!  janet118   Jun-24-11 10:15 PM   #42 
  - K&R...  awoke_in_2003   Jun-24-11 10:15 PM   #43 
  - K&R  Solly Mack   Jun-24-11 10:16 PM   #44 
  - Woo hoo! They're celebrating outside the Stonewall ... so beautiful.  gauguin57   Jun-24-11 10:17 PM   #45 
  - Stonewall, I hadn't thought of that!  tavalon   Jun-25-11 10:01 AM   #126 
  - This doubles the number of Americans living in a marriage equality state.  pnwmom   Jun-24-11 10:23 PM   #46 
  - K & R...Thanks Hissyspit!  SoapBox   Jun-24-11 10:31 PM   #47 
  - Excellent news  RZM   Jun-24-11 10:33 PM   #48 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jun-25-11 06:52 AM   #105 
  - One step closer. Thank You NEW YORK!  Firebrand Gary   Jun-24-11 10:34 PM   #49 
  - BOO-YAH!  ladym55   Jun-24-11 10:41 PM   #50 
  - I have gone over to peek into Free Republic, so you don't have to.  gauguin57   Jun-24-11 10:44 PM   #51 
  - Lol - Lot's wife...  Politicub   Jun-24-11 11:02 PM   #57 
  - And there you have the stark contrast between those in favor of human rights and those opposed.  yardwork   Jun-25-11 09:05 AM   #115 
  - K&R !!!  RKP5637   Jun-24-11 10:45 PM   #52 
  - So long overdue.  stevedeshazer   Jun-24-11 10:53 PM   #54 
  - K&R n/t  OhioChick   Jun-24-11 11:00 PM   #55 
  - Tweet from CNN's Ed Hornick:  gauguin57   Jun-24-11 11:01 PM   #56 
  - Best Tweet of the night so far ... from the incorrigibly funny Patton Oswalt  gauguin57   Jun-24-11 11:02 PM   #58 
  - LOL  Hissyspit   Jun-24-11 11:20 PM   #65 
  - that made me laugh /nt  yardwork   Jun-25-11 09:05 AM   #117 
  - Really sad  cstanleytech   Jun-24-11 11:04 PM   #59 
  - 2016 rumors afoot for Andrew Cuomo?  gauguin57   Jun-24-11 11:05 PM   #60 
  - YAY!!!  Odin2005   Jun-24-11 11:05 PM   #61 
  - totally wired and cool reverb... nice and thank you once again, NYC!  Mr Noodlebrain   Jun-24-11 11:05 PM   #62 
  - great news. nt  DesertFlower   Jun-24-11 11:16 PM   #63 
  - Another great Tweet from Patton Oswalt. Be prepared to do a spit take ...  gauguin57   Jun-24-11 11:19 PM   #64 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jun-24-11 11:23 PM   #66 
  - *sigh*  cstanleytech   Jun-24-11 11:25 PM   #68 
  - K&R. n/t  Horse with no Name   Jun-24-11 11:23 PM   #67 
  - woo HOO!!  Dappleganger   Jun-24-11 11:26 PM   #69 
  - I'm so happy!  rbnyc   Jun-24-11 11:30 PM   #70 
  - I'm quite sure.........  Scottybeamer70   Jun-24-11 11:42 PM   #71 
  - Woo hoo!!!!  sonias   Jun-24-11 11:42 PM   #72 
  - New York is for (ALL) lovers  RyanPsych   Jun-24-11 11:46 PM   #73 
  - For all our friends and lovers  alfredo   Jun-24-11 11:52 PM   #74 
  - Awesome. About time!  Lucinda   Jun-24-11 11:57 PM   #75 
  - Kick  pinto   Jun-25-11 12:16 AM   #76 
  - Wow, now six whole states recognize equal rights.  AllyCat   Jun-25-11 12:17 AM   #77 
  - And 40 states have constitutional amendments or statutes specifically outlawing equal marriage  yardwork   Jun-25-11 09:09 AM   #118 
  - Yeah, and mine is one of them.  AllyCat   Jun-26-11 10:17 AM   #144 
  - And this one is a really, really, big state.  tavalon   Jun-25-11 10:04 AM   #127 
  - Awesome news...yet makes me more aware of wisconsi's amendment.  Evasporque   Jun-25-11 12:20 AM   #78 
  - Can someone help me understand something?  Curtis   Jun-25-11 12:48 AM   #79 
  - Because of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which outlaws equal marriage.  yardwork   Jun-25-11 09:13 AM   #119 
     - Thank you  Curtis   Jun-25-11 03:07 PM   #138 
  - K&R K&R K&R!!!  LetTimmySmoke   Jun-25-11 12:48 AM   #80 
  - If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere...  bleever   Jun-25-11 12:50 AM   #81 
  - Very good news, indeed!  suffragette   Jun-25-11 01:25 AM   #82 
  - comments from the well known ---  Divine Discontent   Jun-25-11 01:39 AM   #83 
  - K&R!  Rhiannon12866   Jun-25-11 01:45 AM   #85 
  - a KICK for equality!  Supply Side Jesus   Jun-25-11 01:49 AM   #86 
  - Remember though, that the same state legislature also passed a religious exemption to same-sex  4lbs   Jun-25-11 02:14 AM   #87 
  - Most churches reserve the right to deny marriage services  dgibby   Jun-25-11 05:12 AM   #94 
  - About time  DiverDave   Jun-25-11 03:44 AM   #88 
  - honestly, I never thought I'd live to see the day . . .  OneBlueSky   Jun-25-11 04:20 AM   #89 
  - She just asked me to marry her again...  jumptheshadow   Jun-25-11 04:23 AM   #90 
  - +1  Hissyspit   Jun-25-11 05:24 AM   #95 
  - ...  xchrom   Jun-25-11 04:58 AM   #93 
  - Cue the awkward stares of all the hetero couples  FLPanhandle   Jun-25-11 05:29 AM   #96 
  - Go New York, go New York go!!  Danmel   Jun-25-11 05:37 AM   #97 
  - K&R ..... Nice wake up with the morning coffee  divvy   Jun-25-11 05:57 AM   #99 
  - Happy news! n/t  phylny   Jun-25-11 06:10 AM   #100 
  - K&R!  JTFrog   Jun-25-11 06:18 AM   #101 
  - K/R nt  endless october   Jun-25-11 06:23 AM   #102 
  - What? And the earth hasnt opened up and swallowed civilization? rec. nm  rhett o rick   Jun-25-11 06:32 AM   #103 
  - K&R n/t  myrna minx   Jun-25-11 06:58 AM   #106 
  - Okay, now lets go drag the remaining 44 screaming and kicking into the 21st century  ElsewheresDaughter   Jun-25-11 07:02 AM   #107 
  - Adding an early moring west coast yipppeeee!  Bluenorthwest   Jun-25-11 07:07 AM   #108 
  - Excellent!!!  Cass   Jun-25-11 07:20 AM   #109 
  - this is brilliant!  SemperEadem   Jun-25-11 07:25 AM   #110 
  - Yay. We've caught up with the rest of the civilized world when it comes to this issue!  Corruption Winz   Jun-25-11 07:30 AM   #111 
  - K&R!  Grateful for Hope   Jun-25-11 07:58 AM   #112 
  - From a straight ally who lived in NYC during Stonewall;  tpsbmam   Jun-25-11 09:29 AM   #120 
  - Woot!  tavalon   Jun-25-11 09:53 AM   #122 
  - Oh Good Christ  Nossida   Jun-25-11 10:06 AM   #128 
  - I'm so proud of the state I live in today! nt  Laurab   Jun-25-11 10:09 AM   #129 
  - Joe Biden got it right:: "This is a BIG FUCKING DEAL!"  66 dmhlt   Jun-25-11 11:22 AM   #132 
  - K&R. (nt)  Kurovski   Jun-25-11 12:27 PM   #133 
  - wonderful news. now, on to the rest of the states  Tuesday Afternoon   Jun-25-11 12:35 PM   #134 
  - I'm a proud New Yorker!  rainlillie   Jun-25-11 01:06 PM   #136 
  - Wonderful -- and congratulations to the GLBT community ....  defendandprotect   Jun-25-11 02:41 PM   #137 
  - I was very happy to see...  bobburgster   Jun-25-11 03:14 PM   #139 
  - Awesomest Pride Parade Ever!  AnnieBW   Jun-25-11 03:28 PM   #140 
  - Awesome!  Rockholm   Jun-25-11 04:36 PM   #141 
  - Congratulations!!!  AntiFascist   Jun-25-11 07:18 PM   #143 
  - Woo-hoo! More progress, and a big step.  Zorra   Jun-26-11 05:44 PM   #145 
 

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