Monday, June 27, 2011

Ep. 56 Equality in New York!

In the late evening of June 24, the New York State Senate approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriages. After days of intense discussions that reportedly circled around protections for religious institutions, the bill that was negotiated and maneuvered by the Governor himself brought long-awaited equality to the Empire State.

This week we the state and speak first with Marriage Equality New York’s Yetta Kurland. We spoke with Yetta in the weeks leading up to the vote, now she’s back and joining us from Manhattan to share her thoughts on how things went down - and what this means for New Yorkers and LGBT communities across the U.S.

Then we head west to the other side of New York and talk to Brant and Steve from Buffalo. They are a couple who were legally married in Canada and recently adopted their infant son Tyler. Brant and Steve take some time to share what this means to them as individual citizens and as a family.
You may notice this week’s show sounds a little different than usual. Matt is off this week. In fact, the last we heard he was having drinks with Mo Rocca at NYC Pride. If anyone sees him, please throw some cold water on him and let him know we’ll be back in full force next week.

But don’t worry. Jim is his entertaining self and brings nearly 10 years as an activist for marriage equality with him for this incredible show. We’ll bring you our Grindr Guy and Singers & Storytellers next week.

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