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How New York Legalized Gay Marriage


With the stroke of a pen just before midnight on Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo legalized gay marriage in New York, making the state the sixth and by far the largest to have a same-sex marriage law on the books.

The victory is all the more remarkable because it comes just two years after gay marriage supporters badly miscalculated their support in the same chamber, watching their same-sex marriage bill go down by a 24-to-38 margin after a dramatic floor debate.

Gay rights groups were optimistic that a vote this year would not share the fate of the 2009 bill, although Friday's passage came after days of debate among Republican senators on whether to hold a vote on the measure at all. But that internal discussion occurred against a larger backdrop of social change and political forces that made the passage a same-sex marriage bill easier this time around.

In contrast to the uncoordinated campaign gay-rights groups launched in 2009, advocacy groups joined together under the banner of New Yorkers United for Marriage and organized a massive operation on the ground and over the airwaves. And this year's push was led by popular Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose leadership stood in sharp contrast to that of former Governor David Paterson, who seemed feckless to many gay rights advocates in 2009.

As older New Yorkers passed away and younger ones with more tolerant attitudes took their place, the percentage of voters in favor of gay marriage kept on going up and up, from 37 percent in 2004 to 58 percent at the beginning of this month.

Those numbers, according to Quinnipiac University pollster Maurice Carroll, made gay marriage in the state "inevitable" in the long run. Earlier this week, Ruben Diaz, Sr., a Democratic state senator and Pentecostal reverend who staunchly opposes gay marriage, used that same word.

But in the Senate chamber where Diaz serves, the fight for same-sex marriage rights had long looked like an uphill struggle. The measure needed 32 supporters to pass, and with Diaz as the only of 30 Democrats opposed, gay rights activists needed to pick off three Republicans -- and perhaps a fourth to provide political cover -- for the measure to pass. With strong opposition from many members of the Republican caucus that controlled the body, few senators looked as though they could be won over. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who gave $900,000 to Senate Republicans, also pitched undecideds on his limited government perspective on same-sex marriage rights.


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with expansion of power the senators will ask its military to impose gay marriage in occupied country.

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The latest they may catch Gaddafi for a gay marriage.

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Never trust a naked Massa in a tickle fight

by Margaret Carlson

The Republicans’ embrace of the strange former Democratic congressman Eric Massa is a prime example of Obama Derangement Syndrome, which expresses itself in hating anything that the president likes, even if you once loved it, like a bipartisan commission on the deficit or Medicare cuts.

Massa used gullible Republicans to go out in a blaze of infamy. Republicans wanted a Democrat to go rogue, and he went rogue big time. Forgotten was Massa’s resignation because of a sexual-harassment case before the House ethics committee and lymphoma, which he may or may not have. It was Massa as the conscientious public servant who was “smeared” and “kicked out of Congress” for daring to “buck this all powerful White House” because he was going to vote “no” on Obama’s health-care package.

Leave aside that he wasn’t kicked anywhere but quit and that many potential “no” votes are blithely eating bean soup in the House dining room today with no worries about being smeared. Massa’s tale was irresistible — a turncoat willing to single out the son of the “devil’s spawn” otherwise known as Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who already was the center of stories about White House palace intrigue.

Naked Man Talk

Emanuel’s evil ways became apparent to Massa in the shower in the House gym, as gripping a scene inside the Beltway as the classic at the Bates Motel in the movie “Psycho”:

“I’m sitting there showering, naked as a jaybird,” Massa told a local radio station over the weekend, “and here comes Rahm Emanuel, not even with a towel wrapped around his tush, poking his finger in my chest….Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?”

Don’t know how awkward or that men sat to shower. Was it more or less awkward than the incident that got the ethics ball rolling in the first place? Massa, who is unusually friendly with the male staffers he rooms with, was accused by one of tousling his hair at a wedding reception, claiming how he’d rather be “fracking” him (a term not widely used except among Battlestar Galatica fans) than one of the bridesmaids. Fracking means what you think it means.

The Son of Satan said he has no memory of berating Massa in the nude and Massa has no witnesses. But Republicans were so entranced by the thought of a White House adding the Massa Massacre to ugly deals like the Cornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase in its demented quest to pass health care, they went for it.

The Republican National Committee immediately sent out a release critical of Speaker Nancy Pelosi for treating the serious charges as a “rumor.” That left some Republicans hoping the incident might yield revenge against her for the resignation of Speaker Dennis Hastert, who quit in 2007 over his handling of complaints that former Florida Republican Congressman Mark Foley had harassed male teenage House pages.

And the right-minded bullhorns, if not the leaders, of the party came out in full force. Rush Limbaugh, vowed to make a “national story” out of Massa’s claims that Democrats orchestrated his downfall. The Drudge Report ran a banner headline all day: “Rahm ‘would sell his own mother for a vote.’” Glenn Beck said he would devote his whole show to Massa on Tuesday.

That’s when the new romance died. Massa was so incoherent on Beck he could have been a double agent planted by Democrats to show just how big a flyer Republicans will take to make Obama look bad. Massa preferred to talk about tickle fights (by his account, a staple of Navy life), wrestling with young guys and other gropings which may or may not have happened.

He left Beck unsatisfied in his quest to have a Democrat agree with him that Obama is taking the country to hell in a handbasket. Massa was televised proof that he, not Obama or Satan’s progeny or anyone else, took his seat away from him. Not since South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford’s non-trip down the Appalachian Trail has a public official embarrassed himself more.
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THEY OPENED A GAY CHINESE RESTAURANT IN SHANGHAI

IT'S CALLED  "SUM YUNG GUY"
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