Albany Finals

Monday, June 20, 2011

New York State Assemblyman representing central Brooklyn Hakeem Jeffries (D-57) gives an update from Albany on the official final day of the legislative session.

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Comments [11]

Bill from New Rochelle

We must remember firstly that:
"Gay marriage" is already sanctioned in the NYS Marriage law. The marriage laws are GENDER NEUTRAL.
Ther is no "gay marriage" or "straight marriage." The NYS courts lacked the backbone to point this out, even when it came into the state's highest court.

The court kicked it out to the Sec. State who referred it out to the legislature. Thus, this long, drawn out soap opera.

A careful reading of the existing law will show it is already gender neutral; but the divorce law, added latter, is not.
Thus, under state law, any adult can marry any adult, but only heterosexuals can divorce.

My question, as a happily married heterosectul to those who say gay marriage will damage or hurt marriage is HOW?
How could gays gaining rights affect my marriage?

I can't. These anti-homosexualist arguments are so much gas.

Jun. 20 2011 10:24 AM
Nick from UWS

The problem is the reconciliation of the concept of same sex marriage with long-entrenched religious beliefs.

The problem is supposedly grown adults factoring in religion while attempting to make rational forward-thinking decisions. Garbage in-garbage out.

Get rid of religion, and millions of problems plaguing humanity are instantly gone.

Jun. 20 2011 10:21 AM
Leah from Brooklyn

Should religious organizations be allowed to prohibit heterosexual couples who had premarital sex from adopting? Or those who have been divorced?

Jun. 20 2011 10:21 AM
lisa from Montclair

Religious institutions are already free to refuse to marry couples - my husband and I had to search for a rabbi willing to marry us because I am a Jew and he is not. I think this issue is a red herring put forth by the opponents of same sex marriage.

Jun. 20 2011 10:19 AM
Ed from Larchmont

One problem is that we don't believe in same sex relationships on religious grounds. As Catholics we can't support same sex activity, e.g. by establishing it by marriage. But also, we believe that what we know by faith is in accord with reason and science: there are reasons against it also.

Jun. 20 2011 10:19 AM
Joe from Greenwood Lake New York

The key point missing in the debate about allowing religious organizations to exclude same-sex couples from adopting, is that religious organizations often receive state funding for their adoption services. As long as an organization (whether religious or not) takes state funding, it must comply with the non-discrimination policies of the state.

When it comes to purely private transactions (whether purely private adoption services or providing floral arrangements at a gay wedding), I believe private groups should be allowed to let their conscience--or their wallets--determine who they do business with. But when it comes to the money of the state, everyone--including religious groups--must be treated equally and must comply with the law.

Jun. 20 2011 10:17 AM
Brian from Brooklyn, NY

Are religious adoption agencies currently allowed to refuse adoptions to same-sex couples? If we're going backwards to forward, maybe it's a deal-breaker. But if they're allowed to do this currently, then it's just a smaller step forward then we'd like and the issue is not a dealbreaker.

Jun. 20 2011 10:16 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Clergy are already protected by the First Amendment. You can't anticipate all the exceptions you would need.

Jun. 20 2011 10:13 AM
Tom from Upper West Side

jgarbuz's comments speaks more to the families that might be tempted than to gay couples.

Jun. 20 2011 10:10 AM
Tom from Upper West Side

Re: Marriage Equality
What are religious organizations and businesses owned/run by people-of-(radical)-faith really afraid of? Do they actually think that discriminated against gay people will WANT to access their hypocritical blessings, services and products? How detatched from reality are they?

Jun. 20 2011 10:04 AM

The granting of full marital rights to gays, means that poor single mothers and other poor families will be tempted to sell their babies to well off gay couples. Adoption by gays will further weaken and even destroy poor and single parent families. Gay marriage will put the final nail into the coffin of marriage in this country.

So be it. Preserving marriage is beating a dying horse anyway.

Jun. 20 2011 10:03 AM