Bil Browning

Colombia & New York: not this year

Filed By Bil Browning | June 20, 2007 10:44 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, The Movement
Tags: civil rights, Columbia, legislation, marriage, New York

It's not often that you get to kill two stories with one stone like this, but yesterday was a busy day for LGBTQ marriage rights...

First, in New York state, same-sex marriage took a big step forward when the State Assembly passed a bill to grant equal marriage rights. The measure passed 85-61. Interestingly enough, the bill was sponsored by Rosie O'Donnell's openly gay brother, democrat Daniel O'Donnell. The legislation has the support of Governor Elliot Spitzer. The bill will stall in the state senate, however. The legislative session ends Thursday. The senate chamber is narrowly controlled by Republicans and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno commented yesterday, "We not doing gay marriage by Thursday that's for sure, or this year."

And then came word from Colombia that political shenanigans had killed a bill designed to give gay couples many new rights including Social Security and inheritance rights for couples who have been together for at least two years. While President Alvaro Uribe supported the legislation, the landmark bill died in the country's Senate after several senators used a procedural move to kill it. The proposed law would have been the first for a Latin American country.

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