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Question: Do You Support Gay Marriage?

New bill would legalize same-sex marriage in New York State.

The state Legislature is mulling over a bill introduced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that would legalize same-sex marriage in New York if passed.

According to a letter released by the Governor's office the ammendments to the law would state:

  • A marriage that is otherwise valid shall be valid regardless of whether the parties to the marriage are of the same or different sex
  • No government treatment or legal status, effect, right, benefit, privilege, protection or responsibility relating to marriage shall differ based on the parties to the marriage being the same sex or a different sex
  • All relevant gender-specific language set forth in or referenced by New York law shall be construed in a gender-neutral manner
  • No application for a marriage license shall be denied on the ground that the parties are of the same or a different sex

State Sen. Kenneth LaValle's office told Patch that while he supports gay civil unions and has supported equality for gays, he believes marriage is between a man and a woman. He will vote no on the gay marriage measure if a bill comes to the floor.

Where do you stand on the issue of same-sex marriage? Tell us in the comments section below.

james craig June 15, 2011 at 01:54 PM
I do NOT support gay marriage!
DSmiley15 June 15, 2011 at 02:05 PM
No and I am really sick of having it jammed down our throats every single day on every single TV program you watch, on the radio, in our schools, etc. It is getting ridiculous and I don't care if it's not "politically correct".
Rich Arleo (Editor) June 15, 2011 at 06:49 PM
From our Miller Place-Rocky Point Patch Facebook page, Michael says "Should have been passed sooner."
lisa June 16, 2011 at 12:02 AM
Yes I do support same sex marriage. We should be treated equally in this country. There shouldn't be separate rules based on sexual orientation. If people love each other and want to make a life together, who are we to say they cannot?
William Maddock June 16, 2011 at 02:05 AM
Bill This legislation should have been passed a long time ago. There are a lot of numbers between 1 and 10 and at least 10 % of the population could benefit from same sex marriage. Senator LaValle could then go on to the important economic issues we are facing like homelessness.

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