How did we pull this historic victory off? Fresh from this triumph, I want to share my best thinking on the components that enabled us to win and what this means for the freedom to marry campaign moving forward.
Gays marrying has nothing to do with heterosexuals divorcing and the real crisis in the American marriage is not that people of the same sex want to get hitched but that people of the opposite don't want to stay together.
Having New York end marriage discrimination is a turning point for the country. As New Yorkers say, if we can make it here, we'll make it anywhere -- but only if the ever-expanding community of people who support the freedom to marry do the work to bring it home nationwide.
For the first time in many years, New York's Heritage of Pride Parade will have an economic justice contingent in the parade. The time is right for Queers for Economic Justice and our friends to stand strong with labor, and for labor to stand strong with us.
There is much work ahead. But what happened in New York last night will be seen to have been as pivotal as what happened in this state, in this city, over 40 years ago, when patrons at the Stonewall Inn said, "Enough!"
Last night's vote for marriage equality in N.Y. was a true bipartisan effort, with Democratic and Republican state senators coming together to support the simple proposition that every New Yorker should be able to marry the person they love. But our work is not done.
African American lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities have always existed in Harlem, residing here since this former Dutch enclave became America's Black Mecca in the 1920s.
Guess Christine and I can kiss that Waldorf Astoria wedding... Brooklyn Botanical Gardens wedding... Montauk Beach wedding -- you fill in the blank -- goodbye. But we have two things today we didn't have earlier.