Is NY Equal Marriage Bill a Sign that the GOP Aims to Leverage Gay Support in 2012? 2 of 2





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DemocracyNow.org - Late at night on June 24, New York became the sixth and largest state to approve same-sex marriage. After complicated behind-the-scenes negotiations, four Republican senators joined all but one Democrat to pass the bill in a close vote in the state Senate. The state Assembly, with a Democratic majority, had approved it earlier in the month. Two days after the passage of the measure, tens of thousands of people took to the streets for New York City's annual gay pride parade.

Watch Part 1 of 2: http://youtu.be/fpAPY1rr_Rk

To discuss the issue, Democracy Now! speaks with Democratic New York State Assemblymember Daniel O'Donnell, a marriage equality bill leader and the first openly gay man elected to the New York State Assembly. Also interviewed is Ann Northrop, co-host of "Gay USA," and longtime LGBT activist and writer, Kenyon Farrow. Farrow has written about the conservative strategy behind the GOP's support for marriage equality, which includes pulling gay donors away from the Democratic Party going into the 2012 presidential election.

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