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04/16/2009

Video: Watch Gov. David Paterson (and others) do the right thing

by Jeremy Hooper

At around 10:15AM, Gov. Paterson gave this rock star speech:

Now the real fun begins. And by "real fun," we of course mean: Even more negotiations wherein we are forced to "justify" our right to civil equality in the face of (mostly) faith-based fear.

We're more than up for the challenge.

**MORE: Mayor Bloomberg speaks (and weathers some odd and uncomfortable cell phone interruption):

**MORE STILL: Gov. Paterson intros Assembymember Danny Odonnell:

**EVEN MORE: Sen Tom Duane, City Council Speaker Chris Quinn, and Empire State Pride Agenda head Alan Van Capelle:



**AND FINALLY: Closing Q&A, wherein Paterson clearly and ably addresses critics:

**SEE ALSO: Empire State Pride Agenda's thoughts on this historic day:


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Your thoughts

I (heart) David Paterson.

Posted by: Mark L | Apr 16, 2009 11:06:38 AM

actually a pretty fantastic news conference. . .hope it will be available entirely soon.

blubbering me. . .ugh.

Posted by: Jon | Apr 16, 2009 11:16:17 AM

from NYT article:Mr. Paterson is expected to take on a level of involvement unusual for a governor, inserting himself directly into the ongoing campaign in Albany to gather the votes needed to pass the bill. Currently the measure does not have enough support in the State Senate, which Democrats seized last fall and control by a thin margin, 32 to 30.

A number of Democrats have expressed reservations about legalizing marriage between gay and lesbian couples, but advocates of same-sex marriage have urged politicians to have a public debate and place themselves on the record by holding a roll-call vote, come what may.

YES! Put them on the line!

Mr. O'Donnell and Mr. Duane spoke...but I like this quote:
The City Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn, who is lesbian, said this “the most thrilling press conference that I have ever been out.” Earlier in her life, she said, she would never have imagined standing with the governor and the mayor declaring their support for marriage equality.

“New Yorkers don’t want their neighbors treated differently than they are,” she declared.

OH GOOD LUCK! Get on it!

Posted by: LOrionL | Apr 16, 2009 11:16:28 AM

Start with one FACT: In all countries and states where there is Marriage Equality. Heterosexual divorce rates have FALLEN.

Posted by: LOrionL | Apr 16, 2009 11:17:59 AM

New Quote from Gov. Paterson (I don't do videos, so it may be in there.)
“This is a civil rights issues,” Mr. Paterson said, citing issues like hospital visitations, health insurance coverage and inheritance that are connected with marriage. He called for an end to “a legal system that has systematically discriminated against all of them.”

He continued:

Anyone that has ever experienced degradation or intolerance would understand the solemn duty and how important it actually is. Anyone that’s ever experienced antisemitism or racism, any New Yorker who is an immigrant, who has experienced discrimination, any woman who has faced harassment at work or suffered violence at home, any disabled person who has been mocked or marginalized, understands what we’re talking about here. We have all known the wrath of discrimination. We have all felt the pain and the insult of hatred. This is why we are all standing here today. We stand to tell the world that we want equality for everyone. We stand to tell the world that we want marriage equality in New York State.
He said, “I understand the trepidation and the anxiety that people feel right now,” but said that “rights should not be stifled by fear” and that “silence should not be a response to injustice.”

and I hope our d*** chicken Supreme Courts Justices are hearing every word, (in CA).

Posted by: LOrionL | Apr 16, 2009 12:43:10 PM

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