Michelle Obama Says Obama Supreme Court Will Allow Future Generations To ‘Love Whomever They Choose’

 Michelle Obama Says Obama Supreme Court Will Allow Future Generations To Love Whomever They ChooseAt a fundraiser at Chelsea Piers yesterday evening, First Lady Michelle Obama urged supporters to back her husband’s re-election bid because his Supreme Court picks will allow succeeding generations to “love whomever they choose.”

While not expressly mentioning the legalization of same-sex marriage, it is hard not to read Ms. Obama’s comments as anything other than putting more pressure on the president to publicly endorse gay marriage. Continue reading “Michelle Obama Says Obama Supreme Court Will Allow Future Generations To ‘Love Whomever They Choose’”

For Gay Rights, The Honeymoon Is Over

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Same-sex marriage supporters marching on Washington in 2009. (Photo: Getty)

On Sunday, as Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Chuck Schumer and over 400 other guests looked on, Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell married John Banta, his partner of over three decades. For Mr. O’Donnell, the wedding was the culmination of a more-than-four-year fight—which included numerous lawsuits and the introduction of five bills to the State Legislature—that finally resulted in same-sex marriage’s finally being legalized in New York last June.

“I began this battle when Eliot Spitzer was elected governor,” Mr. O’Donnell told The Observer. “I used to wake up every day thinking about how many votes I had or didn’t have. Now it’s like, what do I do now?” Continue reading “For Gay Rights, The Honeymoon Is Over”

Daniel O’Donnell’s Wedding Invite Includes a Nod To Same-Sex Marriage Fight

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Daniel O'Donnell (Photo: NYS Assembly)

After introducing five bills to legalize same sex marriage over the past four years, Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell is marrying his partner, John Banta, on Sunday now that New York State passed the marriage equality law. Their invite contains a reference to their long wait for a wedding. Continue reading “Daniel O’Donnell’s Wedding Invite Includes a Nod To Same-Sex Marriage Fight”

Stephen Saland's War Chest Swells After Gay Marriage Vote

 Stephen Saland's War Chest Swells After Gay Marriage Vote
Stephen Saland (Photo: NYSenate.gov)

Casting the decisive vote in the State Senate legalizing gay marriage last June evidently paid off for Stephen Saland. According to newly released campaign finance disclosures, Senator Saland raised a whopping $425,202.50 in contributions since last summer. During the same period last year, he raked in only $5,684.41. Continue reading “Stephen Saland's War Chest Swells After Gay Marriage Vote”

Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell Takes Advantage of Same-Sex Marriage Law

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Daniel O'Donnell (Photo: NYS Assembly)

Openly gay Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, who introduced five bills to legalize same sex marriage over the past four years, is marrying his partner of more than three decades now that the state passed the marriage equality law in June.

Assemblyman O’Donnell announced his impending nuptials on former Governor David Paterson’s talk radio show yesterday. “I’m here on your radio show today to announce that I’m getting married. John and I have decided to get married, we’ve been together for 31 years and our wedding will be on January 29th at Guastavino’s on the East Side of Manhattan, which is a beautiful, beautiful  locale,” said Assemblyman O’Donnell. Continue reading “Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell Takes Advantage of Same-Sex Marriage Law”

'They Are a Part of Me and I am a Part of Them': Tish James at LGBT Forum

One more highlight from State Senator Dan Squadron’s forum on LGBT issues, now that same-sex marriage is legal in New York: the opening remarks by City Councilwoman Letitia James of Brooklyn.

“I stand strong with the LGBT community because they are a part of me and I am a part of them,” said James. Continue reading “'They Are a Part of Me and I am a Part of Them': Tish James at LGBT Forum”

'They Will Fail': Gillibrand Promises to Defeat Bachmann's Push for DADT

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Senator Gilibrand (photo credit: azi paybarah / observer)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand emerged from the fight to abolish Don’t Ask Don’t Tell as arguably the upper chamber’s most ardent spokesperson for gay rights.

It also helped her get out from under the large shadow of the state’s ubiquitous senior senator, Chuck Schumer (who also supports the repeal but has focused more of his attention on the economy and the fiscal woes of the middle class).

At a LGBT-themed forum in Manhattan last night — her umpteenth event that day — Gillibrand quickly knocked down a question about Michele Bachmann’s plans to undo some recent gay rights victories on the federal level. Continue reading “'They Will Fail': Gillibrand Promises to Defeat Bachmann's Push for DADT”