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New York becomes sixth state with marriage equality

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs into law same-sex marriage

Kirsten Ott Palladino and Maria Palladino were among the thousands around the country who watched live online June 24 as the New York Senate voted 33-29 to legalize same-sex marriage. The Atlanta couple got engaged in New York City, both have parents from New York, and they have visited every year.

Their next trip may have an extra item in the itinerary.

“Maria and I do plan on making our union legal in New York, likely this year,” Kirsten Palladino said. “The celebration will be very small in comparison to our Georgia wedding, but that may have more to do with the fact that we just welcomed twin boys into our lives this year than anything else.”

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Outspoken: Katy Perry, Matilda Cuomo, FIFA and more

“NEW YORK! I [love] U! You’re OFFICIALLY the coolest place on the planet!”

— Pop star Katy Perry, via Twitter, reacting to the New York Senate vote to legalize same sex marriage. (MTV News, June 25)

“Not that doing the right thing should be a matter of public opinion, but support for marriage equality is climbing toward the majority. Voices of fear are being shouted down, winds of change are blowing and we approach a crossroads of possibility where the need for leadership is critical. Two words of advice, then, for President Obama: Evolve faster.”

— Syndicated Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, on how President Obama needs to speak out for marriage equality now (Daily Camera, July 4)