With no GOP help, the Democratic-led New Jersey Assembly narrowly approved legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, a measure that now goes to Republican Gov. Christie, who has vowed to "swiftly" veto it and instead wants a referendum on the issue. >>>
Two years ago, Washington voters backed a broad guarantee of legal rights for same-sex couples, endorsing the Legislature's passage of a domestic partnership law nicknamed "everything but marriage." Now, gay-marriage backers say the time has come to take that final step. This week, they'll roll out a campaign to make Washington the seventh state to legalize marriage for lesbian and gay couples. >>>
Nearly half of Americans support same-sex marriage and the
proportion who are accepting of homosexuality is increasing, University of Chicago researchers said on Wednesday. The results show a clear "trend toward greater tolerance regarding homosexuality," said Tom Smith of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. >>>
A House subcommittee Wednesday endorsed a bill that would repeal the state's gay marriage law and bring back a form of civil unions. The House Judiciary panel voted 3-1 to amend the bill, and to recommend that the full committee approve the new language. The full House cannot vote on the bill until 2012. >>>
Openly gay author and pastor Rev. Oyoung Wen Feng and his partner Phineas Newborn III are now legally married. The couple took advantage of New York's marriage equality law and married on August 31 – Malaysia's Merdeka (independence) Day – at the New York City Hall. In June, New York became the sixth US state to legalise same-sex marriages. >>>
A new play about the battle over same-sex marriage in California by the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Milk"
is slated for a one-night-only reading on Broadway. Dustin Lance Black's play "8'' about Proposition 8 will be performed for a fundraiser at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on Sept. 19. Casting will be announced later.
One day after the approval of same-sex marriage in Albany, State Senator Tom Duane was ready to take a victory lap in Harlem.
"I have two kinds of happiness. There is my public happiness, which is authentic happiness, and I have my private happiness, because now I have the opportunity to have my family recognized legally," said Duane.
Gay marriage has emerged as one of the most controversial and divisive issues of our time. For more than a decade gay marriage has been the hot-button issue in US politics. As I write, the New York state Senate is deadlocked in its vote on a gay marriage bill. The issue is set to play a similar role in Australia.
Seven or more Senate Republicans have signaled Gov. Cuomo that they're ready to legalize same-sex marriage, more than enough to put the controversial and historic measure over the top this week, The Post has learned.
A majority of Americans say they support legalizing gay marriage for the first time ever in a Gallup poll, according to a new survey released Friday. Gallup is the third national poll in the last two months to show that more Americans now support the policy than oppose it. >>>
Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, has kicked off a state tour to highlight his legislative agenda for 2011. Marriage equality is one of the priorities, along with a property tax and ethics reform. The Democrat governor hopes to press people to support his aims and pressure lawmakers about them. >>>