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International Business Times: NY protesters demand same-sex marriage go on the ballot

“When same-sex marriage bill was passed by New York State Legislature on June 24, it apparently did not put an end to the gay marriage battle,” reports the International Business Times. 

“If anything, it added coals to the fire. Once the new law went into effect, thousands of protestors the same day and a lawsuit filed the next day asking for the law to go null and void have demonstrated the unquenchable fire over the debate of same-sex marriage.”

According to IBT:

Over 10,000 demonstrators crowded streets and plazas across four cities in New York, chanting “Let the people vote” as hundreds of gay couples received their marriage licenses on Sunday, the first day for same-sex marriage law to go into effect in New York.


There was even a protestor holding sign that says, “I am Gay! I don’t support same sex marriage, civil unions or gay adoptions. Overturn this shame of a same sex marriage bill now!!!”

More than 10,000 supporters of “Let The People Vote” rallies marched in New York City, Albany, Rochester and Buffalo starting 3 p.m. on Sunday, urging the Legislature to put the issue of gay marriage before voters in a statewide referendum.

“The crowds of supporters were just amazing,” said Brian Brown, president of The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which organized the rallies. “The crowd in Manhattan was so large the NYPD asked us to begin our march early so that we could relieve overcrowding at the gathering site. By the time we reached the United Nation’s plaza, nearly 10,000 people were present. This shows that a new era in the debate about same-sex marriage has begun. It’s not about what politicians think is best, it’s about demanding that the people be given their right to be heard.”

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment wayne

    Of course…let the people vote….and while they’re at it, have them vote to suspend all first amendment rights of every person who protests same sex marriage…..what’s good for the GOOSE…….

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    It shouldn’t go to a vote—look how California messed things up by putting it to a vote AFTER it was declared legal! Marriage between 2 consening adults is a right—no matter what the gender combination. The US govenment should just make it legal everywhere—but wait—they can’t even agree on budget issues!

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