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Gay Marriage Pays: NYC Pulls in $259M in 2011

Nearly 11% of New York marriages last year were by same-sex couples

(Newser) - Critics of gay marriage bash its societal costs, but apparently it pays pretty well, too, with New York City pulling in a tidy $259 million last year. In the first year that same-sex marriage has been legal in New York, 8,200 marriage licenses for gay couples were issued—nearly... More »

X-Men to Have Comics' First Gay Wedding

Now that New York has legalized gay marriage, Northstar's getting hitched

(Newser) - First the president embraced gay marriage, and now some perhaps even more powerful people are doing so: The X-Men. In next month's Astonishing X-Men #51, Canadian X-Man Northstar will tie the knot with longtime boyfriend Kyle Jinadu, Marvel announced today, with a preview in Rolling Stone . Northstar, aka Jean-Paul... More »

New York Weddings Surge Thanks to Gay Marriage

Around 1 in 4 newlywed couples are gay

(Newser) - Gay marriage is officially a hit in New York. Since it became legal on July 24, gay couples have accounted for roughly one out of every four new marriages in New York City, the New York Post guesstimates based on the sudden surge in applications—though the city says it... More »

Opponents Sue NY to Overturn Gay Marriage Law

Groups claim governor, state senate ignored procedure

(Newser) - Opponents of New York's gay marriage law aren't done yet: A day after the first legal same-sex weddings were conducted, they've filed a lawsuit challenging it, reports the AP . A representative for New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and a rabbi allege in the suit that legislators violated... More »

First Gay Couples Wed in New York

Couples begin celebrating at 12:01am

(Newser) - At 12:01am this morning, gay rights activists Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd became one of the first—perhaps the very first—same-sex couples to wed in New York. The longtime partners, who have 12 grandchildren between them, were pronounced legally married by the mayor just after the clock chimed... More »

NYC to Let More Gay Couples Marry on Sunday

Demand not as high as expected for first day same-sex marriage permitted

(Newser) - Happy news for New York City's gay lovebirds: Officials believe every couple who wanted to get married this Sunday will be able to. Officials were initially worried demand would be too high on the first day same-sex marriages will be allowed, and established a lottery for the 764 available... More »

NYC to Hold Lottery for 1st Day of Gay Weddings

At least 760 couples will be married this Sunday

(Newser) - New York City will hold a lottery for couples who want to get married Sunday—the first day same-sex marriage will be legal in the state. Mayor Bloomberg said more than 760 couples will be selected to get married that day in the city clerk's five borough offices. Couples... More »

NY Town Clerk Quits Over Gay Marriage Law

Says she can't sign marriage licenses that violate her beliefs

(Newser) - A New York town clerk has quit her post so she won’t have to sign same-sex marriage licenses, which she objects to on religious grounds. “The Bible clearly teaches that God created marriage between male and female as a divine gift that preserves families and cultures,” Laura... More »

NYC Clerk Offices Extend Hours for Gay Marriages

Offices will be open the day it becomes legal, even though it's a Sunday

(Newser) - Same-sex marriages will become legal in New York on July 24—but though that's a Sunday, clerk offices in New York City will be open for a full business day to accommodate couples. In addition, offices in all five boroughs will remain open for at least two additional hours... More »

Rahm Wants Gay Marriage in Illinois

Calls New York's gay marriage law 'very important'

(Newser) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes that the land of Lincoln will follow New York's lead on gay marriage, reports Politico . “I would hope that the state would move in that direction,” said Emanuel. “Tremendous progress has been made across the country on a value statement. And... More »

Rhode Island OKs Same-Sex Civil Unions

Joins growing list of states legalizing gay partnerships

(Newser) - Just days after New York legalized gay marriage, Rhode Island has passed its own law approving civil unions among same-sex couples. "From hospital visitation rights, medical decision-making powers, equal state tax treatment, we have moved one step in the right direction to ensuring that individuals receive equal rights and... More »

Gay Couples May Have to Marry ... to Keep Benefits

Some New York companies phasing out 'domestic partner' perks

(Newser) - Now that gay marriage is legal in New York, some couples might have no choice but to take the plunge—at least if they want to keep their health insurance. Two major companies—Raytheon and IBM—say employees in same-sex relationships must get married if they want to keep the... More »

Obama Leads From Behind on Gay Marriage, Too

His position makes no sense, and isn't changing: Dana Milbank

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton fell over herself congratulating her home state on its “historic vote” in favor of gay marriage this week. “I’ve always believed that we would make progress because we were on the right side of equality and justice,” she declared. “Clinton left out one... More »

Barry, Come Out of the Closet

It's time to stop playing both sides on every issue

(Newser) - While Andrew Cuomo was leading the charge on gay marriage, Barack Obama was sitting on his hands and "evolving," complains Maureen Dowd in the New York Times, which, "as any girl will tell you, is the first sign of a commitment-phobe." He trumpeted gay rights at... More »

Now Making the Rounds: Cuomo 2016

Passage of same-sex marriage law gives Cuomo huge political boost

(Newser) - New York's gay marriage bill has been a major boon for rookie governor Andrew Cuomo—to the semi-ridiculous tune of propelling his name into the 2016 presidential race, writes Chris Cillizza in the Washington Post . “It’s not just that he delivered on a major civil rights issue... More »

Cuomo Turned Gay Marriage Into Personal Mission

New York governor pulled all the strings masterfully

(Newser) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is winning rave reviews for getting gay marriage passed in New York. ("Enormous victory" for him, declares Politico .) And the New York Times has a lengthy piece detailing how he personally managed the push, including the wooing of deep-pocketed GOP donors who could... More »

Neil Patrick Harris Gets Engaged After NY Vote

He and partner David Burtka tweet after gay marriage bill passes

(Newser) - One of New York's highest-profile gay couples celebrated last night's passage of the gay marriage bill in appropriate fashion: Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka got engaged. "I've already (proposed), he said yes! Thank god!" tweeted Burtka, before adding, "he proposed to me as... More »

In New York, Jubilant Gay Community Rejoices

Crowds throng West Village, where gay rights movement was born

(Newser) - After the showdown in Albany legalized gay marriage, euphoric crowds last night thronged the streets of New York City's West Village, where the gay rights movement was born some four decades ago. “It’s where it all began,” said one reveler outside the Stonewall Inn. The New ... More »

New York Senate Approves Gay Marriage

It will become the sixth and largest state to legalize same-sex weddings

(Newser) - The gay rights movement just scored a huge victory: Same-sex marriage will soon be legal in New York state. The state Senate approved the measure tonight after a Republican legislator came forward to support it as the crucial 32nd vote. “I know my vote is a vote of conscience,... More »

NY Senate Will Vote on Gay Marriage

'Up or down' vote could come as soon as tonight

(Newser) - Republicans in the New York Senate agreed today to allow a full vote on legalizing gay marriage; it could come as soon as tonight. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says the bill will come to the floor and be brought up for an "up or down vote," calling... More »

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