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Prominent New Yorkers Weigh in On Gay Marriage Vote

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Actress Cynthia Nixon and New York Rangers star Sean Avery lobbied for gay marriage in Albany. Actress Cynthia Nixon and New York Rangers star Sean Avery lobbied for gay marriage in Albany. (Karen DeWitt/WNYC)

A bill on gay marriage in New York is close to being introduced with one Republican senator pledging support and the minority leader saying he will not try to sway GOP voters, New York could become the seventh state to allow same-sex marriage, and prominent New Yorkers are weighing in on the contentious legislation.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan is concerned that politicians are attempting to “tamper with the definition” of marriage. “Last time I consulted an atlas, it is clear we are living in New York, in the United States of America—not in China or North Korea. In those countries, government presumes daily to 'redefine' rights, relationships, values, and natural law,” Dolan wrote on his blog The Gospel In the Digital Age.

Dolan pleaded for readers to not see the Catholic church as discriminating against gays, writing that it “affirms” the right for laws to be changed for gay men and women to be permitted hospital visitation rights, death and insurance benefits. But he added that changing the definition of marriage “defies logic and common sense.”

Other prominent New Yorkers in favor of the legislation, New York Rangers star Sean Avery and Sex in the City star Cynthia Nixon, traveled to Albany to lobby for gay marriage.

Nixon has been engaged to her girlfriend for two years and said she’s tired of waiting to be married in her home state. “It’s OK to change your mind,” she said, directing her comments to GOP senators. “And I think that’s what we’re starting to see.”

The Reverend Jason McGuire, who lobbies for evangelical Christian churches, said if Senate Republicans allow a vote, they’re walking away from their core values.

“They, little by little, have been selling out their principles that the party is supposed to stand for,” McGuire said. “And this is the line in the sand.”

Tthe total number of dedicated votes is now 30, but the bill would still need 32 to pass the Senate.

This is the final week for legislation in Albany and if the bill is not voted on this year, it will have to wait for the next session, which starts in January 2012.

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Belm from Bowling Green, Kentucky

It's time. I want people to move on on this issue that dividing our nation and giving politicians to make noise. Same sex marriage is long over due. I'm very hopeful for this bill to be passed, and would be really disappointed if isn't! The Catholic church needs to clean their backyards first, shame on them!

Jun. 15 2011 07:15 AM
RC_in_NYC from Gotham_City

The state is free to define marriage however it wants, and religious orgs are free to define it from a religious POV. Me, I don't think Jesus commented on this topic, except to discuss care of one's partner, and that marriage was irrelevant in heaven. As for being conservative or liberal on the topic, I would think we would _all_ want to nurture / care for children in best possible way, and legal unions are important beacons to the community in that regard.

Further, I hate the "line in the sand" analogy ... it's exactly that, sand. Which moves and blows. Which started life as rock, worn by weathering agents. And which may end up as rock again. There is no meaning in this. Life changes, interpretations change. Jesus _did_not_ hate or exclude people different from himself. The "Light of the World" stood for inclusion. So should all these churches ... but that's up to them.

The state has different interests: stable communities, child support, participation, fees, reducing the shadow economy. Allowing all comers to design and support the legal entity of marriage fits with those goals, and thus should be supported.

Jun. 14 2011 04:55 PM

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