I’ve got two unrelated news items for you: one on strippers and one on marriage.
Let’s start with the strippers. If I had a nickel for every time I said that…
The city of Louisville’s new regulations on adult entertainment establishments are way harsh. For example, the ordinance prohibits the sale of alcohol and, I shit you not, nudity. If it is the city’s goal to force all strip clubs out of business by fall, then they will probably be successful. Read Jonathan Meador’s fascinating feature story for the Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO) Weekly.
I presided (yes, I) over the wedding of my best friend yesterday. I am awesome and am very cheap ($10 per parental tear drop), for all you pre-nuptial couples out there ;) And today was the first day that gay couples could get married in New York. Be sure to listen to NPR’s coverage; it made my eyes leak.
To the hundreds that were married today in New York, and to my wonderful best friend and her wonderful husband, I say, Congrats, you crazy kids! Happy ever after!
At approximately 10:30 pm, Friday, June 24, 2011, New York became the sixth and most populous state in the union to extend marriage rights to all.
MOTHER FN A.
Six down. Forty-four to go. The momentum is ours.
As for tonight, there’s beer to be drunk and equality to be toasted.
We leave you with this:
Oh yeah, and you should watch Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s speech, too:
The livestream video of the New York State Senate definitely works. They’re now debating S4BOR, sponsored by Sen. Berry Boring, which establishes the NYAWN2011 act.
The NY Senate tweeted that there are four bills currently on the agenda (none including the equal marriage bill), and that “It could be several hours” till the big vote.
Yeehaw! Great news, y’all: Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has confirmed that the Senate will vote on the equal marriage bill tonight! Kudos to the Senate majority conference for doing the right thing and allowing this bill to come to a vote. It’s been a long time coming.
Now, the only hurdle is to pass the damn thing. Rumors have circulated for the past few days that the one vote still needed to pass the equal marriage bill has been secured. What is certain is that all will be reveled tonight.
You have two options for watching LIVE coverage of the proceedings:
- Read the New York Senate’s Twitter feed, which you’ll find here. They’ve been live-tweeting any and all activity on the Senate floor, sending hundreds of Tweets each day.
- Watch live streaming video of the Senate right here:
We can’t attest to how well the livestream video works, since the Senate hasn’t been in session whenever we’ve tried it out. They do play some durned sexy standby music, though. You can be bet we’ll have it streaming tonight, so why not watch history happen right here on HerLinked?
Also, read Skelos’ statement from just a moment ago here.
The New York State Senate may vote on the equal marriage bill today…or it may not. We’ll keep you updated. More info here.
- NY Senator Roy McDonald for the most quotable quote of all time (on supporting New York’s equal marriage bill):
Well, fuck it, I don’t care what you think. I’m trying to do the right thing.
I would like to have this tattooed on my forehead. Read the awesomeness in its entirety here.
- New Jersey Senate president Stephen Sweeney for admitting:
I made a decision purely based on political calculation to not vote for marriage equality…I failed in my responsibility as majority leader to actually lead. I was wrong.
- New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who spoke a few weeks ago about the inevitability of marriage equality:
It is not a matter of if, but when. And the question for every New York state law maker is, Do you want to be remembered as a leader on civil rights or an obstructionist?
I believe this is what is known as a rhetorical question, but if you are still unsure, read this.
- The two NY State Senate Republicans who support the equal marriage bill. Who will be the third?
Michelle Bachmann joins Pawlenty and Gingrinch in an exclusive club of miserable people: those who have been glittered. Michelle’s turn came after leaving the stage at the RightOnline conference in Minneapolis.
You’ve gotta admire that the activist made no effort to blend in at this conservative conference, with her ankle-length, flowy skirt and boho handbag.
Check out the movement here and here.
NY state assembly passes equal marriage bill
The New York state assembly has given us the greatest reason of all to “heart” New York: they voted “yes” for marriage equality last night! This is the fourth time they’ve voted “yes” on this bill, but that just makes us heart them four times more. Now it goes to the senate, where they need just one itsy bitsy more vote before New York becomes the sixth state in the country to allow gay marriage.
Republicans hold the majority in the senate, which means they’ll need to add one more Republican to the two that are currently supporting the bill.
To the NY Senate Republicans…
who are considering voting for this bill (I assume because you either know it is the plain old right thing to do and are willing to take the political risk, or, perhaps more likely, recognize the moral imperative and do not foresee that your support will jeopardize your reelection) we urge you to DO IT. Continue reading