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New York Mayor Bloomberg: ‘Gay marriage is a fundamental civil right’

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  1. This is great great, I’d prefer people used the term marriage equality instead of gay marriage.
    We want marriage, we don’t want a special thing called gay marriage.

    1. Yes, I too am getting a little tired of the term ‘gay marriage’ (it’s becoming almost as bad as ‘gay lover’ or ‘gay partner’).
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      Good for Bloomberg, though.

      1. Why call it anything other than a Marriage? plain and simple a marriage is a marriage! a union of two loving people why define it? no one needs to know if it is a “straight marriage” or a “gay marriage” The justifiable only reason it is known as gay marriage is because it “right to marry” is a hot issue for churches, politicians and the establishment or homophobes to hit nerves, fuel their fights and solicit disapproval. If peoples of the same sex had this right no where would the status of Single, Married, Divorced or Widow/er have to change on any government or establishment forms around the world. Until such time it is more a point of reference than definition.

        1. Jock S. Trap 28 May 2011, 8:43am

          Here! Here! Rehan and Steve!

  2. Thank you Mr Bloomberg. Thank you for showing people that opponents of marriage equality can change their point of view.

  3. Jock S. Trap 27 May 2011, 9:57am

    What a difference a State makes.
    Excellent speech.
    Here’s hoping they finally get marriage Equality!!

  4. If ever a U turn made sense …thank you Mr. NY.

  5. We’re always applauding gay marriage supporters in the US, and that’s right and proper.

    But here in the UK (where we like to think we’re more progressive on gay rights) we still don’t have gay marriage.

    Shouldn’t we in the gay community be pushing this harder??

    1. Jock S. Trap 27 May 2011, 11:56am

      I believe the consultation starts in July in the UK.
      Support in numbers would help but not just from the Gay community.

    2. Shouldn’t we in the gay community be pushing this harder??
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      We probably should, James – what have you been doing about it?

      1. Not enough! I think we (me included) need to shake ourselves out of our apathy and stop accepting ‘separate but equal’ as being good enough.

        I can’t even find a Facebook page for gay marriage in the UK with more than a hundred or so members. Getting momentum behind a group would be a good start!

        Sitting back and letting Stonewall do the job is certainly not the way – particularly given their appalling record on this…

  6. Gay, straight, black or white
    Marriage is a civil right

    1. Jock S. Trap 27 May 2011, 11:54am

      Here! Here!

  7. Good on Mr Bloomberg!

    “On matters of freedom and equality, history has not remembered obstructionists kindly. Not on abolition. Not on abortion. Not on women’s suffrage. Not on workers’ rights. Not on civil rights. And it will be no different on marriage rights.”

    Damn – why was this man ever a republican! Seems like a purebred democrat!

  8. Jock S. Trap 27 May 2011, 1:13pm

    This story shows that adults even later in life do learn and change to be supportive.
    Of course what made the difference is actually knowing someone which then stops the damaging assumptions.

  9. This bill may not come to a vote this session on the New York state legislature. Even so, I doubt if it will pass. Only 28 democrats from what I’ve learned are supporting it. It needs 32 votes to pass. I don’t see any republicans getting on board. Religion based bigotry is at the root of their refusal to do the right thing and kow-towing to their bigot constituent base. Their political careers are more important than the basic civil rights denied to one group of people. They’re supposed to represent all of the people, not just the majority. If they can’t, then they are not fit for office. Mob rule has nothing to do with democracy.

    Pavlos and others, the term “gay marriage” is code for right wing religious nutters to stir up trouble and scare people into not supporting marriage equality. Pink News should desist from using it. Its a term deliberately used to conquer and divide and in America, its working, sadly.

  10. James, yes we do need to push harder, a lot harder by holding our politicians’ collective feet to the fire in all parties.

    We need a lot of straight support, we can’t do it on our own. I find it odd that in America, countless numbers of straight celebrities have joined the marriage equality movement including one former president and vice-president, yet we don’t have any of our own. I wonder why that is? Is it that they don’t care or are just ignorant? Which famous straight British celebrities have attended any of Stonewall’s events?

  11. I think Bloomberg is a handsome chap as well as being understanding!

  12. Gay Activist 3 Jun 2011, 4:01am

    You are one hundred percent correct Bloomberg!!!!!!

    It is a shame New York State Senators do not get it though their thick uneducated sculls!!!!!

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