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Gay Marriage Passes; Cooper Calls It 'Great Day to be American'

Gay Suffolk Legis. Jon Cooper reacts to state Senate passing same-sex marriage bill.

New York became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage Friday night in a historic vote which some say could have national implications. The moment was deeply moving for at least one Huntington resident.

"I've always said that love makes a family and now for the first time the state legislature has validated that," said , D-Huntington. "It's a great day to be a New Yorker and a great day to be an American."

Cooper, a gay Democratic majority leader who was elected to his sixth term in November, said after years of hard work, Friday's 33-29 vote reflects a key change in the way the American public — and particulary New Yorkers — feel about the issue of marriage equality and same sex marriage.

"This is a major step forward in the journey towards full equality, not just for New York but at the national level," Cooper said. "It's a very exciting day."

Like so many New York gay couples, Cooper and his partner traveled to Connecticut in 2009 to take their vows. The couple has raised five children — the oldest now 25. He said he heard his 16-year-old daughter yelling from the second floor and cheering when it became obvious that the vote was going to pass.

"It's important for our kids to know that our state and government values our relationship, it values our family," Cooper said. 

Cooper knows a few dozen gay couples in Huntington that have been holding off marriage because they did not want to travel to other states to get married. He said that could change now, and even help the economy.

"I'd rather have several thousand weddings performed here in New York state rather than Connecticut, in Vermont or Canada," said Cooper.

Cooper predicted the vote in Albany will have national ramifications.

"I think that is going to provide a tremendous impetus for similar progress at other levels," said Cooper. "The next major battle will be at the federal level to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act — but that's another battle for another day." 

New York's marriage equality bill, which grants the same legal rights to same-sex couples as heterosexuals, will take effect in 30 days. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law Friday night. New York joins Iowa, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and the District of Columbia, in legalizing gay marriage. By far the biggest state to enact such a law, with New York joining the list, the number of legally married openly gay couples in the U.S. could increase dramatically in the coming months.

"It would have been great if New York would have been the first state but being number six isn't bad," said Cooper.

Cooper said he has never been more proud to be a supporter of  Cuomo who helped get the bill through.

"Many people have worked for passage of the law," Cooper said. "But were it not for the leadership and the perserverance and courage of Gov. Cuomo to take the lead on this issue and fight for it as hard as he has, it would never have happened today."

Republicans Roy McDonald,  James Alesi and Steve Saland voted in favor of the bill.  Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr. of the Bronx was the only Democrat who voted against it.

Duyne June 27, 2011 at 03:01 PM
I have had personal experiences with God. My son injured his eye and retained a Cut in his eyeball . I was so worried when it happened. We were concerned that he could lose his eye. We scheduled for him to go to the doctor the following day. I prayed the Holy Rosary and asked Mother Mary to pray in behalf of our son to god. I prayed to Lord Jesus and God for help and if he would in his will to heal our Son's Eye. My prayer was answered. The following day our son's cut in the eye miraculously SEALED. Within 3 days the cut was completely gone. The Satan and Evil Spirits/Devils/Demons exist. I know a person that had dealt with Demon Possession. It is real and it will scare the hell out of you if you ever deal with it or witness it happen to someone. I assure you - you will call out to God for help because no one will be able to save you but Lord Jesus Christ and God. Watch the lord of the rings. The character "Smeagle" there was something that was possessing him it showed another Smeagle but a very evil Smeagle (The 2nd smeagle shows the Demon in his form) that would continousely suggest evil things and then take over him once he himself has fallen into his own evilness. Also the part in the movie Harry Potter & the Order of Phoenix when Voldemort Entered his body in the end of the movie. That is exactly how demonic possession works.
BobRSA June 27, 2011 at 10:12 PM
I think that my previous posts may reflect some of my ideas of what I think would be "A Great Day to be an American." Lack of racial discrimination, funding for education (see posts), enabling more people to get back to work, etc. I do wonder if paraphrasing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., would be considered "bible thumping?" IF so, one would have a lot to learn and rethink his/her position(s) on issues of social importance. On a personal note, I believe what is contained in The Holy Scriptures (The Bible). I took courses in Hebrew and Greek--I can read the Holy Scriptures in the source languages. I am also a medical professional: therefore I have taken science courses on the graduate and professional school level. I ONLY post this because some individuals on other boards have denigrated those of a religious persuasion to be uneducated, stupid, and worse. I posted some observations attributed to Herodotus (the Greek historian, called "The Father of History), Thucydides (Greek historian), and Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus regarding homosexuality. I guess the scholars who translated these works were all wrong--right? NOT!!! As in a prior post, I guess that freedom of speech (from secular sources) is a right in this country under our constitution--unless it is politically incorrect to someone's agenda!! (My posts referencing the above writers were deleted/yanked, or whatever.) see next post.....
Buzz June 27, 2011 at 10:25 PM
take me off ur mailing list and unsubscribe me....ur instructions are flawed and or corrupt and are making me very angry....I DO NOT WANT UR SERVICE OR 89 UPDATES SAYING THE SAME THING ABOUT THE NY GAYS......
BobRSA June 27, 2011 at 10:30 PM
I am a Christian, believing in the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. I have this right. If it were not a right, I would still believe it. There will come a day when all will see God the Father (confer the Book of Revelations, or for my Roman Catholic Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Apocalypse.) I am a sinner saved by the Grace of Christ. If someone does not believe this, that is his/her choice. However, after death, one may wish to have believed. I leave with Paschal's wager: If there is no God or Holy Trinity and I am right, then the believer has nothing to gain after death and I have nothing to lose. However, if the belief in the Saving Grace of Christ and the belief in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is correct, then the believer has everything to gain after death, and I have everything to lose. I sin every day in some manner, but I pray that Christ will show me the Way to avoid the pitfalls of my sins so I may not commit the same ones again. One Great Day for me was when His Holiness Pope John Paul II declared that all Christians believing in the saving Grace of Christ, The Holy Trinity, and other essential doctrines of the Christian Faith are ALL Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus--it was his hope that those who are not yet Roman Catholic would join The True Church (what else could His Holiness say?) :) I think homosexual marriage is wrong. This is my right, secular, religious, or otherwise.
Bob Basher June 27, 2011 at 11:09 PM
OH....just a thought...but our marxist leader....a big beleiver of a one world government and socialist state....have specific goals in their path to be in control....I do not think this gay marriage bill is about gay marriage at all...if it was they would have been ok with civil unions..but no they want to change the definition of marriage itself to a mockery of morals and society....I think this is a ploy since marxist will take work away making everything the state....take property..eminant domain and take away that pesky religion...and how do they do that...simple....they have gay marriage..oh yeah they say the shurches are safe...have you ever known the government to be by its word? NO WAY they will maybe next year insist on a church wedding...and then since they have planted liberal judges in high places within the states...they will sue. to take away tax exemptions..and presto chango..no mre church....think about it! why would they take so much media time for this.....when our economy is in the toinlet as its being flushed before our eyes....and the MEDIA......CRICKETS......
Tom B. June 28, 2011 at 12:57 AM
Okay, Bob Basher, at first I thought you were serious (stupid and bigoted, but serious). But NOW you're ranting about the marriage equality bill being part of some nefarious MARXIST plot to take over the country. Oh me, oh my - whatever are we to do? You SERIOUSLY need to get some psychological help, buddy.
David Klopman June 28, 2011 at 12:42 PM
Im heterosexual, married to the love of my life, not caring what the bible says or doesnt say. Gay marriage doesnt affect my life, but bigots do affect my life. It is pretty scary how bigoted some people are. They must have evolved from the KKK. The bigots cant help it. Its how they were brought up. Religion has nothing to do with marriage. Agnostics, atheists I'm pretty sure some of them are married and happily so. The point being, its 2011. Gay men and women are entitled to the same rights as heterosexuals. If you dont like it, then perhaps move to Iraq or Afghanistan.
paul June 28, 2011 at 03:21 PM
It is great that gays can now finally marry in NY. Now if he rest of the country can make it happen, maybe we can finally be past this type of bigotry and nonsense and concentrate on important issues like the fact that our country is going broke and our federal government is totally incompetant. And as incompetangt as they are, they want more and more control. This is getting scary.
Duyne June 28, 2011 at 04:07 PM
We hear the SAME PROPAGANDA words being used - Bigot, Homphobia, Discrimination. They also use the Same Lame Stale Scapegoat excuses - they use Racism and Immigrants as a comparison which has nothing to do with their cause. Hey - They say that We NORMAL PEOPLE should move to Iraq or Afghanistan. Wow. Well If you don't like the fact that WE WILL NEVER SUPPORT your HOMOSEXUAL MARRAIGES then why don't YOU Move to Iraq and Afghanistan and don't forget to take your sicknesses with you? NO this is our country and we will be staying here so cry your eyes out. We will stand to fight this sickness and we will continue to reject it. And once you stuff your homosexual filth down my children's throat in their schools and take away my right as a parent and pollute the innocent and easily influenced little children who don't know any better - I WILL SEE YOU IN COURT! We are in a recession. We are in a deep debt. People are losing their homes. The government is cutting medicare for the old and the poor. No change - No help from the government. Everything is still the same. The corrupt and stupid politicians wants to spend their time pushing the homosexual agenda instead.
Cathy Ribando June 28, 2011 at 04:13 PM
@Basher: Civil unions do not enjoy the same rights and privileges as marriage. For one, civil unions are only recognized within the state they were set up. You cannot move from state to state and enjoy the civil union rights of another state. It’s as if the union does not exist. Marriage is recognized state to state. Second, civil unions are not recognized by the federal government, so same sex couples cannot apply for joint tax returns or be eligible for tax breaks or protections enjoyed by heterosexual married couples. In 1997, the federal General Accounting Office released a list of 1,049 benefits and protections available to heterosexual married couples. Most of these are not available to civil unions or same sex couples where marriage is legal in their state. The federal Defense of Marriage Act allows each state to deny any marriage-like relationship between same sex couples, which may have been recognized in another state. This includes civil unions.
Cathy Ribando June 28, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Cont’d…The list 1,049 privileges include: joint parental rights of children, joint adoption, status of “next of kin” for hospital visits and medical decisions, rights of decision on disposal of loved ones remains, immigration and residency for partners from other countries, domestic violence protection orders, judicial protections and immunity, automatic inheritance in the absence of a will, spousal veterans benefits, social security, Medicare, joint filing of tax returns, wrongful death benefit of surviving spouse and children, bereavement or sick leave for care of partner or children, child support, joint insurance plans, tax credits (i.e. child tax credit), estate and gift tax benefits, welfare and public assistance, joint housing for elderly. These are just a few of the 1K+ privileges that heterosexual married persons enjoy for a marriage license usually obtained for less than $100.
Amy June 28, 2011 at 04:22 PM
Thank you, Cathy! I'm cheering from my seat!
Duyne June 28, 2011 at 04:22 PM
You can't stand anyone who does not support homosexual marriages. Wether it be a Christian or a Person that do not believe in god and also do not support gay marriages. Doesn't that make you a BIGOT TOO? You hypocrites!
David Klopman June 28, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Reading your comments Duyne I cant help but think about what I tell my wife and other people , "This is what happens when someone is trying to be intellectual, when in fact they don't have the intelligence to be intellectual." You think you are NORMAL but you are actually the opposite. Calling someone a bigot is what it is.. It isn't propoganda, you're a bigot and I'm sure you will teach your children the same bigotry. I am sorry for them. When you say stupid things like , "this is our country," who are you speaking for? Not the majority, not the rational people who realize we arent living foreign countries like Iraq where liberties are constrained and you are told what to think. Thankfully we live in the US where people like you and people like me can express our diametrically opposed positions. Thankfully we live in a country where people who are different than YOU can live their lives. Although its evident from your rants that your hatred and anger towards anyone different than you would cause those people to worry about physical attacks. You seem to be that type. I pity you. You will never know better.
Duyne June 28, 2011 at 04:40 PM
If religion has nothing to do with marriage then why has the homosexuals INFILTRATED the Episcopal Church? Episcopalians are christians and now the New Bishop is a Gay Man and a Lesbian Woman. Both have homosexual partners. Because of this takeover The episcopal church broke into 2 parts the ones that are Gays and the 1 that are not blinded by the sickness and do not support gay marriages. Good for the ones who continue to hold up the light. Yeah sure - gays don't want to marry in the church. Sure they don't. They have already started performing gay marriages in the Episcopal Churches. The main issue here is that homosexuals want acceptance. They want society to see them as being normal when they ARE NOT. Like what I have said time and time again. DO NOT BE DECIEVED. Follow the lord Jesus Christ then you will be with him in the end. It is already written - that in the end of days the world will be at its lowest point. There will be no 1 you can trust. The christians will endure persecution and there will be only a very small amount of christians left fighting in the world. All you supporters of this very disgusting sickness-Satan's waiting for you. You know you lust on the straight people. I hope that god will make you feel inside that you are doing wrong. He gave U Free will-U choose how you want to live-what you want to do here on earth. In the end once you have left your body-every single human being will face god & his judgment. Then you'll be sorry but it will be 2 late
David Klopman June 28, 2011 at 04:47 PM
After reading Duyne's latest rant, I'm looking for Rod Serling in my rear view mirror when I get in the car. I'm guessing Jews or Muslims are next on his hit list. Sorry Duyne but I'm not here to be judged, I'm here to share my life with who I choose and to love who I want to love. Everyone has that right.
Scott Brown June 28, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Duyne. I am sure you are a wonderful and very likable person. I wouldn't let the fact that you are a bigot interfere with our having a fine relationship.
Duyne June 28, 2011 at 04:59 PM
Get a holy rosary, Get yourselves the Brown Scapular. Keep a cross in your homes. Get holy water in the Catholic Church because it is TRUE- Demons are afraid of holy water it makes them scatter like roaches. the devil can get into your dreams. It can give you nightmare or sick dreams. Dip your hand in holy water and make the sign of the cross. Also make a cross on your forehead. The nightmares will stop. I stand as a living proof I have seen it and I have experienced the grace of god. God exist he is there waiting for you to change wether you are an athiest , a homosexual, an adulterer, a thief, a prostitute, a Pagan. He will still forgive you as long as you turn away from your sins. Never use the Ouji boards it calls on evil spirits/demons. Never dabble in Satanism/Devil worship. Usage of such evil things invite evil and may give satan power to get inside your body. But if you want to continue to live your life in evil then in the end you will give god no choice. Read about a place called Medjugorje. Read about the brown Scapular and the holy rosary. By the way The 1st catholic bishop is 1 of Jesus' 12 disciples and his name is Peter.
David Klopman June 28, 2011 at 05:17 PM
See I knew that anyone who isnt Catholic was next!
Duyne June 28, 2011 at 05:35 PM
There you go with your propaganda David Klopman. You seem SO concerned about homsexual marriages. I bet you are a homosexual pretending to be a heterosexual. How can people that do not support homosexual marriages affect your life if your straight? You have a very radical and convoluted mind. Your mind is not grounded. JUST AS WE HAVE SEEN IN YOUR RANTS and your comparison of people that do not support homosexual marriages to the KKK. Sir you are living in a deep darkness and have a very screwed up mind. Oh by the way I am an educated person. I have acheived excellence academically. I have been in the honor society all of my life. I come from an educated family of Doctors, Engineers, Teachers, and Nurses. I have never once said anything about anyone that is not catholic. You do your Fear Mongering. May god have mercy on you when your judgment day comes.
Duyne June 28, 2011 at 05:36 PM
Everyone take a look at the hsistory of all the comments that Mr David Klopman. David Klopman has searched for every article in this website that has something to do with homosexual marriages
Duyne June 28, 2011 at 05:36 PM
Everyone take a look at the hsistory of all the comments that Mr David Klopman. David Klopman has searched for every article in this website that has something to do with homosexual marriages
Duyne June 28, 2011 at 05:43 PM
Scotty aka Scott Brown. There you go with your name calling. If I'm a bigot then Jesus Christ and God is a bigot. You can't stand me - You are a bigot TOO. Go ahead live your homosexual life. No one is stopping you. But if you want to start pushing your homosexual agenda to the little children in the public schools, pushing your filth in the movies and shocking viewers who are not warned of the filth you have put in. Pushing your homosexual lifestyles such as the lesbians that hit on me and my sister. Also my College Lesbian teacher that pushed lesbianism unto the college students by having us read a lesbian girl's life. And then infiltrating and making a mockery of the house of the lord by placing a GAY BISHOP and a LESBIAN BISHOP. YES I DO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT and I WILL STAND TO FIGHT AGAINST THIS SICKNESS. You choose to be in Satan's Side. I choose God and Lord Jesus Christ above all
David Klopman June 28, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Yikes! Dont forget to add I also commented on Red Light Cameras. Perhaps I'm a Communist too!
Duyne June 28, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Aha - David Klopman in his OWN WORDS "I'm here to share my life with who I choose and to love who I want to love. Everyone has that right." Seems that Mr Klopman is talking just like the homosexuals you see in the rallies on tv and newspapers. Homosexual PRETENDING to be a Heterosexual. Sad
David Klopman June 28, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Keep talking Duyne. You are very intellectual! ROFL. I'm pretty sure Heterosexuals choose who to share their lives with and who to love. Didnt you?
Duyne June 28, 2011 at 06:06 PM
DAVID KLOPMAN you have PRETENDED TO BE A HETEROSEXUAL when you in realiry you are A HOMOSEXUAL. A Homosexual with an agenda to poison the public. That is really twisted and sad. Did I burst your bubble of LIES and the Charade you are doing. You can be an actor. You seem to like to pretend to be someone/something your an not. You see people. Look at how deceitful they are. Here we have a homosexual posting in the boards pretending to be a heterosexual.
Duyne June 28, 2011 at 06:08 PM
DAVID KLOPMAN you have PRETENDED TO BE A HETEROSEXUAL when you are A HOMOSEXUAL. A Homosexual with an agenda to poison the public. That is really twisted and sad. Did I burst your bubble of LIES and the Charade you are doing. You can be an actor. You seem to like to pretend to be someone/something your an not. You see people. Look at how deceitful they are. Here we have a homosexual posting in the boards pretending to be a heterosexual.
David Klopman June 28, 2011 at 06:08 PM
You found me out Duyne. Now if you can just admit you're pretending to be a human being we can call it even!
Scott Brown June 28, 2011 at 06:24 PM
Duyne, by Bigot I mean : a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance. Allow me to use the word in a sentence: "Duyne, a bigot, hates all gays and lesbians."

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