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Your profile the New York Times -- today about your ardent support for this as the first.
In New York assemblyman and and also.
Kind of a different ways you leave lobby your your fellow legislators an interesting.
I used everything in my arsenal try to get yes so.
-- -- I mean sometimes you're you're against funny -- -- angry sometimes you -- more flies with honey than with -- I guess but.
I guess it's working.
From the work that you were very successful 2007.
When I began this campaign knows that.
We only have forty votes to marriage equality we ended up -- -- 85.
Last time we got 89 votes and downed -- two no votes and so.
We are moving in the right direction clearly.
Both on and history and the polling on our side.
When you talk to young people would have no understanding at all.
What -- diplomacy getting -- marriage and I told my colleagues Colombian government in the decade -- going to be on the right.
-- seems to be the case and given you with your partner John -- of the 27 years.
And you a lot of people saying including President Obama well -- support.
Domestic partnerships but not gay marriage was is so important to go beyond domestic partnerships.
Well what happened in Vermont New Jersey whether it comes to possibly kind of situation.
-- to reports and and pretty clearly after -- I think it's more.
And one of the ways in which they can work wasn't -- And you have to person -- back and forth probably won't confident -- bipartisan call me.
You know we get to the call and some -- -- -- signaling an -- -- singular -- to instruct priests into an emergency doctor.
On the domestic partner and or on the civil unions I don't know what I mean so what ends up happening if you end up.
Armed with less like to our country was founded on the concept of liberty and equality.
With equal we try it before hasn't worked and it won't work in the context of accepted people's relationships.
I agree with -- but so many people will say including members of our audience will call and after we're done talking I'm sure but but.
That you know what -- we just change the laws make legal just don't call it marriage because marriage should be traditionally between a man -- that all the time what's the best argument against that.
Com there's a difference between civil marriage license and a religious ceremony.
In Europe for example.
Those things are two entirely separate things and their guns are distinctly differently.
Part of the problem here is that we have historically allowed.
Definitions of marriage to be left up to the state and the idea is.
That a person is free to move from one state to another what the person that their merit with the end time speculation -- Which promote prohibited interracial marriages were struck but -- down by the Supreme Court loving V Virginia.
In the end what I'm seeking is nothing more than a piece of paper a piece of paper that most of your business it's.
Some of nervousness about two or three times and I think it on that I'm entitled to the state license that they have.
It's also mindset and New York State.
You know for example.
If something god forbid would happen to you your partner would not necessarily get survival rights.
Or monies that would go to a spouse if you are able to be married.
Doesn't partly true and Michael Laporte where my.
Partner owns the co -- on with it.
-- without the right to moment restate their overriding ways in which marriage license.
And not particularly like this is what Kelly's vote the weight of law that's what we.
But I don't -- amazing -- so many people that you talk to according to reports I've read about your lobbying on behalf of this this effort.
We'll say the well I'm not going to vote with you but you may eventually get your way they know -- on the wrong side of history.
And just this morning for different Republican from the members -- me that if they have to vote against the -- -- and so they understand that this is the right thing to do.
The triple by not -- didn't threaten anyone's religion I don't want to -- when their church I don't want to get their synagogue what I want is a license from my government.
Everyone gets the help wanted you only get one at a time when you want.
The responsible for each other but to also help -- and I think that I as a full blooded American citizen you have as many rights as -- straight college.
I never understand also why the argument on the other side as well -- -- traditional marriage I always ask these people -- all your marriage or hello my marriage be affected if gays can get married and -- they can't answer that question.
No I'm not engaging conversation now offer an a for over two years I was appointed an amount also.
Here in New York employees -- four years I've been involved heavily in this discussion no one has ever answer that question to my satisfaction.
I -- that before I'll say again.
You know Molly relationship MI getting a marriage license I'm in no danger to heterosexuals whatsoever.
We are less dangerous to heterosexuals in picturing him for help him here.
We are not looking to hurt anyone and I'm not had anyone come to me say if you get there.
This will hurt my liking someone.
You know any gays who don't want to get married even though the opportunity to do is up.
In fact during debate last night that a number of my colleagues.
Certain -- -- like like and I don't want them like that again that license if there is essentially imprisonment and he was pretty funny.
Because they clearly which used to live their life about helping America what it doesn't force anyone to get marriage licenses -- -- says you have the opportunity to do so and there -- even more people don't want to get married but.
That they're prohibited from doing so it's a very different.
Is your sister -- involved in a lobbying as well she active in this.
-- she's not involved in lobbying she that particular position like all flexibly and that there are believed that would -- getting married.
I actually -- fly out sentences when -- mayor Newsom.
What's conducting marriages and had a marriage ceremony for wrong.
Those marriages were nullified by the California Supreme Court.
But in the end.
You know she like many New Yorkers and many Americans believe in equality.
And I effect said the debate last -- my grandmother who was the thing to communicate in the Roman Catholic Church moved to this country because the government sector.
Where she -- she could not work in northern Ireland has Catholic and so we have secular government for a reason.
Pure religion doesn't want to marry me it doesn't want to allow me to participate in the ceremony that you wrote which decision that's -- Mike State's decision my -- be -- What's going to happen in the Senate what do you predict.
Well now we moved so quickly and with such a great number in the assembly I am my colleagues in government.
We'll begin to do the same thing elected to the last two years -- assembly which is one by one.
Make the case to senators that -- that this is the right thing to do and I expect that sometime in the next six weeks like typical from being an engagement and somebody is plugging away.
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