Colby Hamilton, Writer, WNYC News
Colby Hamilton is a general assignment reporter. He originally joined WNYC as a political blogger. He's a proud graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Two awards for leading the way on same-sex marriage in New York, two speeches on the need for equal rights for same-sex couple across the country.
Governor Andrew Cuomo took to the stage at a Empire State Pride Agenda dinner last night to accept an award for his efforts to legalize same-sex marriage. During his remarks, the Governor stated in no uncertain terms his vision of a nation where same-sex couples were able to marry everywhere.
And in his most forceful terms to date, Mr. Cuomo called for his counterparts across the country to embrace what he framed as an issue of equal rights and to push for the legalization of same-sex marriage in their own statehouses.
“We need marriage equality in every state in this nation,” Mr. Cuomo said. “Otherwise, no state really has marriage equality, and we will not rest until it is a reality.”
Forceful, yes, but the Governor's statements last night were built on statements he made a few weeks ago at another event where he was handed an award for the same efforts by the news website the Huffington Post.
"I'll tell you the real power and the real import of passing marriage equality in New York," the Governor said earlier this month. "You're going to see this victory not just reverberate within this state, but it will reverberate coast-to-coast and the battle doesn't stop until we change the law of the land."
The same-sex marriage is a great public position for the Governor at a time when his liberal flank is coming under attack from the Occupy movement. The Governor deserves these awards; it was his guidance that made same-sex marriage in New York a reality. And not having Occupy Wall Street show up helped focus the event exactly where the Governor undoubtedly wanted.