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New York - Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said that, if elected governor this fall, he would push to legalize gay marriage in New York during his first year in office.

Asked by a reporter if he would make the passage of a same-sex marriage bill a priority in his first year on the job, Cuomo told reporters in New York City: “It’s a priority.”

State lawmakers, he said, “have their hands full with their current legislative agenda, most notably the budget, but my opinion, my policy point of view, it is a priority.” Asked if he thinks a gay marriage bill could pass the Legislature in 2011, an off-election year, Cuomo replied: “Do I think it can? Yes.”

In December, the state Senate rejected a gay marriage bill in a lopsided 38-24 vote, a stinging defeat for advocates who had waged a long, expensive campaign and had won pledges of support from Senate Democratic leaders.

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Not a single Senate Republican voted for the bill, while eight Democrats opposed the measure. The bill had earlier that year passed the Democrat-controlled Assembly for the second time.

Ethan Geto, a prominent gay political strategist, said he was heartened by Cuomo’s comments. “To me, that’s extremely encouraging. For the guy to say it’s a priority and then for him to say he may very well be able to get it done in his first year, it’s terrific,” said Geto.

Cuomo’s position on the issue has evolved over the years. When he ran for governor in 2002, the Democratic politician said he favored civil unions but did not support same-sex marriage. He declared his support for gay marriage when he ran for attorney general in 2006.

Since the last year’s defeat, gay rights groups, led by Fight Back New York, a newly formed political action committee affiliated with Denver-based Gill Action Fund, have raised money from wealthy gay donors around the nation to try to defeat state Senate Democrats and Republicans who opposed the bill.

The PAC backed the Senate candidacy of Jose Peralta, who trounced Hiram Monserrate, a former senator who opposed gay marriage, in a special election in Queens held in March. Monserrate, who was convicted last year of misdemeanor assault against his girlfriend at the time, had lost his seat in February after he was expelled from the Senate.


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 Jul 01, 2010 at 09:29 PM Anonymous Says:

It shows you how out of touch Democrats are with the common folk who still respect the institution of marriage and aren't about to let a bunch of Socialist power bullies destroy the most time-honored tradition in America. Cuomo might as well be a Russian spy for all he knows about the moral sensitivities of the average New Yorker.

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 Jul 01, 2010 at 09:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Given that Cuomo is a virtual certainty to be elected, there may be an opportuntity to resolve this difficult social issue in the next legislative sesssion. Its going to happen at some point, so better sooner than later if it allows the needed limitations to be imposed in the bill.

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 Jul 01, 2010 at 09:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Thanks for telling us that and I am not voting for you..

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 Jul 01, 2010 at 09:55 PM Pesach Says:

NYers, vote for him at your own peril. If views like this are not enough to scare you off, think about how NY's economy still has not recovered from the last Cuomo.

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 Jul 01, 2010 at 10:04 PM Anonymous Says:

You lost my vote for sure

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 Jul 01, 2010 at 10:21 PM Anonymous Says:

This should be the final nail in the coffin why no orthodox jew should vote for him!

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 Jul 01, 2010 at 10:36 PM Nudnick Says:

This will hurt his numbers a bit I he may still get elected but not by the landslide

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 Jul 01, 2010 at 10:42 PM liepa Says:

Shame on you Cuomo! You won't be getting my vote!

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 Jul 01, 2010 at 11:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

It shows you how out of touch Democrats are with the common folk who still respect the institution of marriage and aren't about to let a bunch of Socialist power bullies destroy the most time-honored tradition in America. Cuomo might as well be a Russian spy for all he knows about the moral sensitivities of the average New Yorker.

LMAO traditional marriage "most time honored tradition" that's why there is ever increasing 51% divorce rate, increasing in rampant cheating, dysfunctional and abusive families all which is even spilling into the frum world. But hey let's blame gay marriage for what already exists in "traditional marriage."

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 Jul 01, 2010 at 11:42 PM sad Says:

the only way this was get through is if they dont let the people vote. Every single state (including Florida and California) have voted against these bills.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 12:42 AM Anonymous Says:

Don't assume that Coumo will anyways win, just remember on election day to Vote for Lazio, you never know he may win

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 01:18 AM Charlie Hall Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

LMAO traditional marriage "most time honored tradition" that's why there is ever increasing 51% divorce rate, increasing in rampant cheating, dysfunctional and abusive families all which is even spilling into the frum world. But hey let's blame gay marriage for what already exists in "traditional marriage."

And the lowest divorce rates in the US are in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. Same sex marriage is legal in both. Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Vermont are the other states with legal same sex marriage and their divorce rates are lower than the US average.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 01:19 AM Charlie Hall Says:

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sad Says:

the only way this was get through is if they dont let the people vote. Every single state (including Florida and California) have voted against these bills.

Actually Connecticut voted in a referendum against a Constitutional Convention that could have overturned that state's same sex marriage law.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 01:25 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

It shows you how out of touch Democrats are with the common folk who still respect the institution of marriage and aren't about to let a bunch of Socialist power bullies destroy the most time-honored tradition in America. Cuomo might as well be a Russian spy for all he knows about the moral sensitivities of the average New Yorker.

How does letting gays marry destroy the institution of marriage?!

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 01:36 AM Liberalism is a Disease!!! Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Given that Cuomo is a virtual certainty to be elected, there may be an opportuntity to resolve this difficult social issue in the next legislative sesssion. Its going to happen at some point, so better sooner than later if it allows the needed limitations to be imposed in the bill.

you are either pro the to'ayva bill because you are not Jewish or because it will aftect you. pick your choice!

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 01:39 AM Liberalism is a Disease!!! Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Given that Cuomo is a virtual certainty to be elected, there may be an opportuntity to resolve this difficult social issue in the next legislative sesssion. Its going to happen at some point, so better sooner than later if it allows the needed limitations to be imposed in the bill.

After this comment if anyone from inzer mentchin vote for him, i hereby doubt their Judaism or their orientation.

But if you have no problem with faygil marrage (SHAME ON YOU!) and you dont mind paying the high taxes you do in NY (you will be up to 61 PERCENT!), keep voting for the democrat. Its your money and your olam haba.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 06:52 AM zevi Says:

It's a shanda the Republicans couldn't find someone to give this icky-liberal a defeat.
Welcome to the state of sodom and gemorrah.All good Jews , christians and muslims should unite and vote against MARIO ll.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 07:42 AM Eli L Says:

Politicaly correct is incorrect
Its a sick world out there.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 08:15 AM ha ha ha ha Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

It shows you how out of touch Democrats are with the common folk who still respect the institution of marriage and aren't about to let a bunch of Socialist power bullies destroy the most time-honored tradition in America. Cuomo might as well be a Russian spy for all he knows about the moral sensitivities of the average New Yorker.

The most time-honored tradition in America? I hope you don't drink, because prohibition was a time-honored tradition, too. So was mixed race marriage, prohibiting women from voting. I hate to tell you this, but plenty of average New Yorkers are fine with gay marriage, myself included. My following of the Torah doesn't mean I dictate what others can do, and there's nothing wrong with people marrying. There are gay couples who've been together for decades, and a frum couple can get engaged after spending twenty minutes together. Who are we to decide whose commitment can and should be trusted and honored? I always think people who are so threatened by this have something very personal that makes them threatened by this. Don't worry, closeted frum Jews can stay closeted.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 08:24 AM Izzy Says:

His father was a very bad governor he will be Evan worse vote Republican

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 08:40 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

LMAO traditional marriage "most time honored tradition" that's why there is ever increasing 51% divorce rate, increasing in rampant cheating, dysfunctional and abusive families all which is even spilling into the frum world. But hey let's blame gay marriage for what already exists in "traditional marriage."

Excellent point. I just did a search for divorce rate by state and it turns out that the states with legalized same-gender marriage or civil unions have the lowest divorse rates in the country. Massachusetts (the most gay tolerant state) has less than half the divorses of Utah -- one of the most anti-gay. Interesting.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 08:45 AM Anonymous Says:

the religious olim will like sheep still vote for him its all aboput welfare and hand outs

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 08:50 AM not a problem Says:

I think if people want to get married, let them. Not sure why or how same-sex marriage would effect other posters on this site in a negative way. (Only in a positive way, for those readers who are gay and want to get married.)

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 08:54 AM relax! Says:

A wise orthodox rabbi has said that Jews should have no problem with this. The reason? Halacha explains how to get married. Why should we care about other forms of marriage? Just as Christians can marry through the church, or secular people can marry through the state, gay people should marry as well if they want to. Not sure the difference, none are halachic marriages anyway.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 09:07 AM shame on u cuomo Says:

First priority? Huh? Ur as out of touch as ur parties chicago mafian bum-obama.
Isn't job creation? Addressing High property taxes more of a first priority for ny'ers
Let's make a vote in ny what are voters 1st priority?
Vote out democrats in 2012
Bring in independant-conservatives or anyone that's still sane

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 09:22 AM My2Cents Says:

Huge priority.. With everything going on in the world I can totally understand why gay marriage is a priority for our governer to be spending his time with (being sarcastic).....

What a tool

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 09:23 AM Anonymous Says:

The reason why this bothers a frum Jew is because we want to live in a normal place no with a bunch of animals, our surroundings do have affects on us and our children.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 09:25 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Thanks for telling us that and I am not voting for you..

I hope that no single jew will vote for this sheigatz even if he will promise the brooklyn bridge foer the mosdos

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 09:31 AM Anonymous Says:

When election day comes, olam goilam will vote for whoever promised the most for the askanim of the mosdos, regardless of their morally opinion. I assume the poloticians of sedom didn't gave any susidies for the mosdos if they did, then we would have all voted for them.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 09:46 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
Charlie Hall Says:

And the lowest divorce rates in the US are in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. Same sex marriage is legal in both. Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Vermont are the other states with legal same sex marriage and their divorce rates are lower than the US average.

Charlie Hall: stating two statistics next to each other does not prove that they are causally related.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 09:59 AM Anonymous Says:

I hope he loses

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 10:18 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

LMAO traditional marriage "most time honored tradition" that's why there is ever increasing 51% divorce rate, increasing in rampant cheating, dysfunctional and abusive families all which is even spilling into the frum world. But hey let's blame gay marriage for what already exists in "traditional marriage."

Whatever "statistics" you quote, the reality is that typical every-day hard-working American respects his marriage and his wife, despite some not upholding their commitments. But the respect for their marriage and wife is not even a question.

Allowing abomination "marriages", however, is certainly detrimental to society as it destroys the basis of marriage being the will to procreate and raise children as a shared responsibility, because an abomination "marriage" by definition cannot accomplish this without outside input (either an unrelated man for women or unrelated woman for men).

As well, due to the lack of the complementary nature of the two genders, when a child is denied that home environment of a male parent and a female parent and is, instead, given an abomination environment, then that is clearly denying that child the right to an appropriate and healthy childhood.

And justifying bestiality and pedophilia, among others, cannot be too far behind, at which point society as we know it cannot last all that long after.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 10:32 AM Anonymous Says:

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ha ha ha ha Says:

The most time-honored tradition in America? I hope you don't drink, because prohibition was a time-honored tradition, too. So was mixed race marriage, prohibiting women from voting. I hate to tell you this, but plenty of average New Yorkers are fine with gay marriage, myself included. My following of the Torah doesn't mean I dictate what others can do, and there's nothing wrong with people marrying. There are gay couples who've been together for decades, and a frum couple can get engaged after spending twenty minutes together. Who are we to decide whose commitment can and should be trusted and honored? I always think people who are so threatened by this have something very personal that makes them threatened by this. Don't worry, closeted frum Jews can stay closeted.

According to that logic, a person can marry his dog and the dog should get full benefits too. Your "following of the Torah" absolutely does dictate what others can do WITH YOUR (SOCIETAL) APPROVAL. In other words, if people, in their own bedrooms, wish to engage in abominable activity, then society cannot stop them. But to make an abomination a publicly approved alternative to marriage is to elevate abomination to the level of holiness of marriage, which is, of course, abominable. You might wish to consult with whomever's Judaism you think you follow and check your opinions to see if they agree in any way.

You can also commit to multiple women, and you can commit to your daughter, too. By your logic, that should be "trusted and honored", too. This whole line of reasoning is absurd. Can it really be that Jews who claim to follow the holy Torah don't understand this?

The reason a commitment to marry is honored by society is that this is the one and only proper way to raise a child, so society is obligated to support and honor that to protect its future and its most vulnerable citizens, its as-yet unborns and its newborns.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 10:34 AM Conservatism is a disease!!! Says:

Right-wingers are fascists. They seek to impose their religious fundamentalism on everyone else. The opposition to gay marriage -- or more specifically to gays in general -- is rooted in religion and nothing else. If they really believed in liberty and freedom as they claim they do, they would not support state-sanctioned marriage at all. And if they are promoting the state affirmation of marriage, at the minimum it should not exclude a certain segment of the society. But alas, freedom is not really on the menu for these people unless it involves their own personal freedom.

Of course the reality is that the trend in the support for gay marriage or same-sex unions has only risen in the last 50 years with no movement downward. States in which you couldn't garner 10% support a half a century ago, are now voting at 47%(Maine 2009) and 53% (Washington 2009) clips for gay marriage. Homophobia is out of fashion and by the end of the next decade all 50 states, assuming marriage is still a legal proposition, will have approved of gay marriage.

State imposed religious authoritarianism may appeal to the sufficiently bigoted and brainwashed, but it has no place in a free society.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 10:40 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #21  
Anonymous Says:

Excellent point. I just did a search for divorce rate by state and it turns out that the states with legalized same-gender marriage or civil unions have the lowest divorse rates in the country. Massachusetts (the most gay tolerant state) has less than half the divorses of Utah -- one of the most anti-gay. Interesting.

That's not meaningful (nor is divorce spelled "divorse") as it doesn't consider what percentage of couples are married and what percentage are simply living together.

In other words, is only 45% of couples in liberal Massachusetts actually get married in the first place, where 90% of Utah couples get married, then it follows that if Utah has twice the divorces that Massachusetts has then the two are, in fact, on par.

Marriage is between a man and woman and anything else is a guaranteed recipe for disaster, no matter how anyone fantasizes otherwise. That's simply the reality of the matter, political or other preference not withstanding except in delusions and fantasies.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 11:41 AM Anonymous Says:

I support gay marriage (by the state of New York, obviously not by halakha) but with all the problems with the economy right now it's ridiculous to make an irrelevant fringe issue like this a top priority.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 12:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

LMAO traditional marriage "most time honored tradition" that's why there is ever increasing 51% divorce rate, increasing in rampant cheating, dysfunctional and abusive families all which is even spilling into the frum world. But hey let's blame gay marriage for what already exists in "traditional marriage."

What does this have to do with Gay marriage?

your just like 'Rabbi' Shmuel Botaech. He claims that although GAy Marriage is wrong, that should not be outlawed, we should rather work on morality, there are so many people who cheat . .

Well, only because there are other problems around, it doesnt mean that we should legalize Gay marriage, both are wrong.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 12:32 PM truth Says:

Reply to #35  
Conservatism is a disease!!! Says:

Right-wingers are fascists. They seek to impose their religious fundamentalism on everyone else. The opposition to gay marriage -- or more specifically to gays in general -- is rooted in religion and nothing else. If they really believed in liberty and freedom as they claim they do, they would not support state-sanctioned marriage at all. And if they are promoting the state affirmation of marriage, at the minimum it should not exclude a certain segment of the society. But alas, freedom is not really on the menu for these people unless it involves their own personal freedom.

Of course the reality is that the trend in the support for gay marriage or same-sex unions has only risen in the last 50 years with no movement downward. States in which you couldn't garner 10% support a half a century ago, are now voting at 47%(Maine 2009) and 53% (Washington 2009) clips for gay marriage. Homophobia is out of fashion and by the end of the next decade all 50 states, assuming marriage is still a legal proposition, will have approved of gay marriage.

State imposed religious authoritarianism may appeal to the sufficiently bigoted and brainwashed, but it has no place in a free society.

Resistance to the Gay mafia agenda is based on reason and logic. The gay lifestyle leads to aids and other pernicious diseases and provides nothing but gratification to those that engage in it. They want it to be legal to steal insurance rights and to force their disgusting lifestyle on us. No sane person wants this except for the Leftist Liberal radical crowd.

Additionally, who cares if the opposition is religious. Atheists aren't the only ones with rights to vote and the majority of the G-d fearing public is exercising their rights within the democracy to be against it.

A free society allows all points of view not just the twisted Leftist one.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 12:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #36  
Anonymous Says:

That's not meaningful (nor is divorce spelled "divorse") as it doesn't consider what percentage of couples are married and what percentage are simply living together.

In other words, is only 45% of couples in liberal Massachusetts actually get married in the first place, where 90% of Utah couples get married, then it follows that if Utah has twice the divorces that Massachusetts has then the two are, in fact, on par.

Marriage is between a man and woman and anything else is a guaranteed recipe for disaster, no matter how anyone fantasizes otherwise. That's simply the reality of the matter, political or other preference not withstanding except in delusions and fantasies.

Huh? How is it relevant how many people are living together outside of marriage? A divorce rate is the percentage of divorces within any given population. That half of the number of people get married is immaterial to the outcome. If what you are implying is that a greater number of people are getting divorced in Utah because they are entering into marriages that they are not prepared for, this only strengthens the claim that traditional marriage as it is practiced today is largely a farce.

Note: if you are going to correct other peoples spelling, at the minimum you should have a decent grasp of the English language. Based on numerous syntax and grammatical errors abound in your comment, it is clear that you have little to no formal education, and thus should not be in the correction business.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 03:03 PM Anonymous Says:

When will he appear in photo ops with all the Chashuvidika Rabbonim?

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 03:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #39  
truth Says:

Resistance to the Gay mafia agenda is based on reason and logic. The gay lifestyle leads to aids and other pernicious diseases and provides nothing but gratification to those that engage in it. They want it to be legal to steal insurance rights and to force their disgusting lifestyle on us. No sane person wants this except for the Leftist Liberal radical crowd.

Additionally, who cares if the opposition is religious. Atheists aren't the only ones with rights to vote and the majority of the G-d fearing public is exercising their rights within the democracy to be against it.

A free society allows all points of view not just the twisted Leftist one.

One can just as easily contract aids from engaging in a straight "lifestyle", and the gratification that a person seeks in the privacy of their own home is none of your business. Stealing insurance rights? I have no idea what you are talking about, but considering that nothing else that you said makes any sense, its clear your opposition has nothing to do with "reason" or "logic".

If the majority of the people "exercise their rights" to vote in favor of public school segregation, it still wouldn't be constitutional nor just. The tyranny of the majority is hardly a justification for discrimination. I can't wait to hear you making that same argument when a slim majority of Americans favor gay marriage, which as I point out, is clearly on the way to becoming a reality.

Marriage as constituted today, does not allow for "all points of view", only the right-wing theocratic point of view.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 04:40 PM Shmuel Says:

If Ribono shel Olom doesn't destroy New York and San Francisco, I think He owes Sdom and Amora an explanation.

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 Jul 04, 2010 at 08:57 AM Anonymous Says:

A short sighted projection is in order. If this obomination is G-d forbid passed our children will not be able to walk in the streets. This will embolden those who have hidden in the closet with their secret and allow them to come out openly. Our frum children will be exposed to their open displays of affection and they will make sure that everyone will see them. it will be a hazard to go out in public. Our Yeshivos must tell their students who are old enough to get out and vote against this Toava and anyone who promotes it. it is the responsibility of the Rabbis and the powers that be to stand up against this. if we do not put up a fight then what is our Judaism all about. This country is absolutely lacking in morals and morality compass. If the Chasidim in Emanmuel could stand up and prove their point that this is a war against a government take over of Religion and Religious values then its time we follow suit. Our Yiddishkeit has not been challenged and its been great living here. To our Rabbis: WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE. it not just about learning to its about doing the right thing for our children and our future generation

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 Jul 04, 2010 at 07:06 PM Hmmm Says:

Reply to #44  
Anonymous Says:

A short sighted projection is in order. If this obomination is G-d forbid passed our children will not be able to walk in the streets. This will embolden those who have hidden in the closet with their secret and allow them to come out openly. Our frum children will be exposed to their open displays of affection and they will make sure that everyone will see them. it will be a hazard to go out in public. Our Yeshivos must tell their students who are old enough to get out and vote against this Toava and anyone who promotes it. it is the responsibility of the Rabbis and the powers that be to stand up against this. if we do not put up a fight then what is our Judaism all about. This country is absolutely lacking in morals and morality compass. If the Chasidim in Emanmuel could stand up and prove their point that this is a war against a government take over of Religion and Religious values then its time we follow suit. Our Yiddishkeit has not been challenged and its been great living here. To our Rabbis: WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE. it not just about learning to its about doing the right thing for our children and our future generation

Oh come on, get something real to worry about. There are more closeted homosexuals in our communities than you would like to believe. You think the worse thing to happen to your precious children would be to see two gay men being affectionate? Do you really obsess this much about homosexuality? Then maybe you need to examine your own feelings. People who are comfortable in their own heterosexuality aren't so freaked out by gay people.

By the way, they're already out in the open, even without gay marriage. I see it sometimes. Big deal. It doesn't make people gay. But if someone is gay, and deeply ashamed because of being a frum Jew, it might make him a little over-the-top about it...

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