gay rights

New York state approves same sex marriage

New York State passed the Same Sex Marriage bill, 33 to 29 (unofficial). It was followed by Governor Andrew Cuomo signing New York’s gay marriage bill at 11:55 PM New York time. The new law takes effect in 30 days.

Mashable collected the reactions on the Web.

@NYSSenAdams wrote on his twitter, “It’s been a long struggle. We did it!!!”

Not everyone welcomed the new law. @SummerNasser wrote, “@NinaQawasmi I dont approve the same sex marriage. Ew. Im so disappointed of my state. Sigh.

The New York Times reported that a “sense of euphoria settles on the West Village“, as the news brought dancing in the streets.

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U.N. endorses gay rights declaration


Originally intended as a badge of shame by the Nazis, the pink triangle has been reclaimed as a symbol of gay pride


The United Nations passed a historic resolution which endorses the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders. Members of the U.N. Human Rights Council voted 23 to 19 in favor of the declaration put forward by South Africa.

The resolution expressed “grave concern at acts of violence and discrimination, in all regions of the world, committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Those who voted for the resolution include the United States, E.U., Brazil and other Latin American countries. Some African and Muslim countries decry the endorsement.

The resolution calls for a panel discussion next spring with “constructive, informed and transparent dialogue on the issue of discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against” gays, lesbians and transgender people.

via Huffinton Post