New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been famous (and somewhat infamous) for his involvement with the LGBT and for his strong, unforgiving stance on same sex-marriage. Thursday, Cuomo spoke on employment nondiscrimination legislation and, of course, repealing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)—an act that, when challenged, always creates controversy.
After graciously accepting a leadership award at the Empire State Pride Agenda’s annual gala, Cuomo went on passionately about the importance of the New York law, putting a major (and highly deserved) emphasis on repealing DOMA. His audience erupted in applause after he called the passage of marriage equality legislation in New York a “universal victory.”
“This message is going to resonate all across this nation,” Cuomo said. “Part of it is the power of New York, because this is New York, and when New York does something everyone else watches and everyone else notices.”
Cuomo made a few cute remarks about marriage before making a public announcement of his gratitude for the four Republican state senators who voted for the bill that was finally passed just a few months ago- one of the senators, James Alesi, made it to the event to see Cuomo speak.
“And now we’re going to come with the rest of the equality agenda,” Cuomo stated. “Nationwide, there are no federal anti-discrimination laws for LGBT and there need to be. There are no federal antidiscrimination laws for housing, or for employment. DOMA has to go away once and for all. We need a real anti-bullying program in this state and in this nation. And we need marriage equality in every state in this nation. Otherwise no state really has marriage equality. And we will not rest until it is a reality.”
No small feat, Gov. Andrew Cuomo sets an excellent example for politicians world wide—The empire state is, no doubt, another step to that “universal victory.”