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June 24 2011

"I said yes" - Neil Patrick Harris proposes. David Burtka accepts. Following the passage of the Marriage Equality Act in the New York Senate, Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka proposed to each other, and they both said yes.

"It PASSED! Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night!" NPH tweeted.

Neil and David have been together since 2004.

YAY! And also "aww!" And "yippee, progress!" And I'm so happy for the happy couple who can now legally be a couple. And...and...and...I'm out of words.
I saw Harold & Kumar 3 at a test screening in January, and this is really funny with that in mind.

But good for them. :)
Legen - wait how does it go?
From the New York Times article linked above:

With his position still undeclared, Senator Mark J. Grisanti, a Republican from Buffalo who had sought office promising to oppose same-sex marriage, told his colleagues he had agonized for months before concluding he had been wrong.

I apologize for those who feel offended, Mr. Grisanti said, adding, I cannot deny a person, a human being, a taxpayer, a worker, the people of my district and across this state, the State of New York, and those people who make this the great state that it is the same rights that I have with my wife.

That's what we need more of! "...a person, a human being..." YES! Stop looking at people as black, white, gay, straight, well-off, financially strapped, and start looking at them as people.
Yay! About time!
"Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka proposed to each other, and they both said yes."

It would have been awkward if they both proposed to each other and one of them said they needed time to think about it.

Congratulations to the couple, and to New York for joining a growing number of States and countries in the 21st century.
YES! YES! YES! Where are you California, and is Michigan even in the same century, let alone the same country?

Good for you NPH; may you have many, many years of happiness!

Ray, Blairgowrie, Scotland.
Congratulations to the happy couple (and to Gideon and Harper)!

I guess they have to wait a month before the legislation becomes law in New York? I can't wait for the pics!
This is fabulous!
I am so thrilled and happy! I want to send them a totally unnecessary toaster... or a fondu pot! Congratulations to a wonderful couple <3.
Congratulations to the adorable couple! I'm really excited for them and their twins - they're the biggest bundle of cute ever, all wrapped up into a beautiful family unit.
Great news to wake up to and hooray for Grisanti from Buffalo. That is a brave man and we need more like him. And so pleased that NPH and DB can now marry.
Embers, I think you have entirely the right idea. I'll go in on the toaster with you.
Mazel tov to the happy couple! And may there be many, many more!

It's hard to believe that it was only 6-1/2 years ago when Gavin Newsom pulled his Valentine's Day stunt, telling the San Francisco city clerk to issue same-sex marriage licenses. There was nothing remotely legal about it, but the sight of thousands of same-sex couples lining up in City Hall was amazing. People were so ticked off at the time, but just the sight of those couples alone has done so much to move public sentiment towards equality. People could finally see that marriage equality advocates were not trying to take anything away from anyone. All they wanted was the right of same-sex couples to love each other, to take care of each other, to raise their kids together, to buy houses together, to build businesses together, contribute to their communities together, and at the end of a life together, to lay each other to rest. It's amazing to have witnessed how in just a few short years, the national attitude about same-sex marriage has moved from "you have GOT to be kidding me!" towards "uh, yeah, why wouldn't you let them get married?" There's still a ways to go, but this is something to be celebrated.
Wonderful news on all accounts!

I wish the happy couple the best of luck. Wish I could be a bridesmaid at the wedding.
Huge congrats to Neil and David and to the New York Senate, which finally got its act together!
I am getting misty. There is an emoticon for this:


Congratulations to Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka! Many happy years!
This just makes me bubbly with joy! Yay for them and yay for humanity in general!
Yay for New York, yay for Senator Grisanti for coming around to sanity on this issue, and many congratulations to Mr. Harris and Mr. Burtka!
Ahhhh, a refreshing burst of sanity.

Much joy to Neil and David.
Awwwwww. So happy for them!
NPH explained on Twitter that this happened quite a while ago...

David and I did propose to each other, but over five years ago! We've been wearing engagement rings for ages, waiting for an available date.

Congratulations to them and to all the couples in New York who now have full equality :)
Frankly, David and Neil would be a committed couple without the legal piece of paper, be a family with their kids, but I'm extremely happy they can now have a ceremony like anyone else, be recognized "legally" by the system at large, like anyone else, have the ability to legally make medical and other decisions for each other. Toasters, yes! What else do you two guys need?!
Tonya J Well, perhaps they could use "...a traditional serving piece used at brunches to keep food warm."
"Where are you California"

One would have expected California to be a leader, but the situation is knotty. Less than four years ago, California voters passed Proposition 8, which put a definition of marriage that excludes same-sex couples into the state constitution. California is a state in which it is easy to get propositions placed on the ballot and in a typical election, voters are asked to decide the merits of half a dozen important issues.

A challenge to the legality of Prop 8 is working its way through the courts. Our current governor, who used to be our attorney general, has declined to defend it. The court is currently deciding whether any private party has standing to defend it. Most of the court decisions so far on the merits of the law have been against it.

The legislature cannot override a constitutional amendment passed by the voters; only the courts or the voters themselves can do that.

Rachael Maddow's coverage of the New York vote gave a lot of credit to Governor Cuomo for shepherding the campaign. Governor Brown is in a titanic struggle with the Republican minority in the legislature over the budget, which cannot balance without additional revenue or draconian spending cuts. He doesn't have any time to spare to be active on this issue.

If the court does not overturn Prop 8, chances are that a proposition to do so will be placed on the November 2012 ballot. Getting money and signatures shouldn't be a problem. Opinion in the state about same sex marriage was shifting when Prop 8 was passed, and has continued to shift, but the shift is not yet decisive.
Congrats to the whole family! Go New York!
NPH and DB are featured on the front page of HuffPost right now. Here's a link to the full article, although it provides no new info. (NPH seems almost as popular there in terms of links to articles as Christina Hendricks.)
How romantic! *sigh*
Wonderful wonderful news!
- DARY!!

Warmest congrats to the (already) happy couple!

I cannot tell you how big the grin on my face is right now. This is excellent news that goes some way to restore my faith in human nature. And kudos to Senator Grisanti.
YIPPEE!!! Congrats to them both!
Julie Benz just got engaged too!!
That's a pretty typical HuffPo clickbait ploy - take old news and blow it up with a big headline to make it look like it's NEWS!!!! Aside from 2-3 really good political writers, the entire site is either (1) links to material produced on other sites, (2) pictures of nipple slips, or (3) new agey snake oil fake medical crap that Arianna is into. And after I caught them "borrowing" a photo of my kids stolen from my husband's blog, I kind of assume that a lot of their graphics are likely stolen too.

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