On June 27, 1969, outside a small bar called the “Stonewall” in Manhattan’s W. Village, the modern gay rights movement was born.
Tired of being harassed and picked upon, the men involved in those riots just wanted to be treated like anyone else. They had no idea, 42 years later on Saturday night, with a narrow win of 33 to 29, New York Govenor Andrew Cuomo would sign a bill making New York only the 6th state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage.
And, almost as quickly as it was announced, twitter was abuzz with all types of celebrities showing their support of New York’s decision.
Following are some of those tweets:
“It PASSED! Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night!” -Neil Patrick Harris
“I’ve already proposed, he said yes! Thank god!” -David Burtka, Neil Patrick Harris’ partner
“I’m thrilled about the news from NY. Marriage equality! Every day we get a little closer. What an amazing feeling. -Ellen DeGeneres
“happy gays r here again !!!!!” -Rosie O’Donnell
“I am giddy! Congratulations New Yorkers! This is a proud moment! the way it should be! Love is love! humans are humans!” -Christina Applegate
“not more, not less. Just #EQUALITY http://twitpic.com/5gic25” -Ricky Martin
“OK, pictures of rainbow Empire State Building are getting me misty.” -Diablo Cody
“Tonight we’re all New Yorkers! Straight & gay alike, let’s all celebrate marriage #equality. The right side of history!” -Kathy Griffin
“As if I didn’t already have enough to celebrate and enjoy today. A big hug for New York from my lone hotel room in London… I sing it every night, but now it has better meaning: ‘New York- concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do.'” -Darren Criss
“Proud to be from New York!! Such a beautiful thing!! So thankful and happy!! #Equalityforall Love and equality prevailed in New York!! -Lea Michele
“I’m 9 hours ahead in Italy right now so I just woke up to the good news in NY! In so glad progress is happening!!!!” -Jesse Tyler Ferguson
“Hey NYC: well done. Gnight.” -Bill Lawrence
Unfortunately, while New York has taken a major step forward in the fight for Gay and Lesbian civil rights, Florida is nowhere near as close.
In 2008, Florida, not only, banned same-sex marriage but civil unions, as well. In a margin of 61.9% against and 38.1% for, Florida Amendment 2 states “Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.”
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