Accepting an award in Manhattan last night from a major gay-rights group, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the successful push for same-sex marriage in New York “achieved historic social progress” that is “resonating on so many levels.”
At the Empire State Pride Agenda’s annual gala, Cuomo spoke about the national significance of the New York law, saying it was a “victory for society” and urging a repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Cuomo, who generally has concentrated his public comments on state issues and stayed out of most federal issues, aggressively called for federal anti-discrimination and anti-bullying laws for the LGBT community.
“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 was introduced by New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and took the stage to gay-rights activist Lady Gaga’s “On the Edge of Glory.”
“On the topic of gay marriage, I just want you to remember there is good news and there is bad news. The good news is marriage. The bad news is there are no longer any excuses,” Cuomo joked. “You will now feel the pressure, and you will get the questions and the looks. They can do it with a look, and with one word they can do it: Sooooo?”
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Here are the governor’s remarks: