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June 27th, 2011
05:32 AM ET

Question of the Day: With New York state legalizing same-sex marriage, do you believe other states should follow suit?

(CNN) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law on Friday that made New York the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage, more than doubling the number of Americans living in states that permit such unions.

The measure will take effect 30 days after it was signed, on July 24, providing same-sex couples with a slew of new rights that include employer health benefits, easier inheritance and a host of state tax breaks.

Federal recognition, however, was not a part of Friday's vote, leaving benefits like Social Security and ease of immigration largely out of reach for same-sex couples.

American Morning wants to know: With New York state legalizing gay marriage, do you believe other states should follow suit?

Post your answer here. Your response may be included on this morning's broadcast.

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    What happened to separation between church and state.Just because OUR Gov. see dollars signs and votes, doesn't make same sex marriages right.Most marriages are performed by a minister of a GOD fearing church,before GOD and witnesses.It's a sacred unification, not a congressional or judicial decision,if so, send it to the people.Furthermore,if same sex citizens desire is to be together,it's their choice,but their choice should not be imposed on me as a HUMAN RIGHT to be recognized.Our government has a greater moral obligation to THE MOST HIGH GOD and country,not to the desires of those who choose to abandon their understanding of what a sacred marriage has always been.How can we as a nation, stand morally firm,in site of other nations,promoting HUMAN RIGHTS.Has the U.S become the next Sodom&Gomorrah, seeking to promote same sex marriages throughout our country,first,.THUS, hidden in our HUMAN RIGHTS AGENDA abroad.. THIS COUNTRY WILL PAY FOR THE ABOMINATION OF THE FEW... JUST WATCH AS A NATION,IT'S HOW I SEE IT..

    June 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  2. mediaho

    State gov't needs to but out. Freedom of choice cannot be legislative, people can marry whomever they choose.

    June 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  3. flyshadow55 ( formaly know as " FRANKIE2TOOLS"

    i believe that this vote shows just how far out of reality and morals these politicians are that voted yes for this measure. the whole world is spinning out of control, little children starving all over the world, the highest number of homeless, wars out of control, and these politicians see it fit at this time to allow what I believe is an abomination against our Lord, and to parade it in the streets the news just glorifies them, ( GAYS), my opinion is they should be like the Navy, DONT ASK, DONT TELL. if that is the way they want to live, let them, but to legalize the sanctity of marriage for them, again i say those politicians are out of touch with the United States population who are righteous people who live by the word of God, not mans.

    June 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  4. Average American

    "gay" marriage is just as wrong as homosexuality.

    June 27, 2011 at 7:23 am |
  5. Deeply Concerned!

    ABSOLUTELY NOT! This gay phenomenon is merely an evil spirit that is attempting to sweep our great Country. God created Adam and Eve; not Adam and Steve. All must know that God's wrath on America will soon follow. Continue to pray for the United States.

    June 27, 2011 at 7:16 am |
  6. paul

    I believe marriage is a religious ceremony and Governments at any level should keep their noses out of religion. The same-sex couples schould have the same rights as a heterosexual couple in a civil union (something defined in law, not religion).

    June 27, 2011 at 7:14 am |
  7. Name*Walter from Pa

    No! Other States must not go so spiritually South as did the Sodom and Gomorite New York Democrats and lukewarm hypocrite Republicans who dismiss the Judao-Christian scriptures that ascertain that it is an abomination for man to have sex with man, and woman with woman:. Leviticus 18:22. What is next for America the Beatifull is for same spiritually bankrupt politicians to legalize beastiality with "man's best friend" – a dog.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:51 am |
  8. Bob in Houston

    When I was watching Wake up Call, I was thinking that it looked like the set of American Morning; congratulations Ali!

    June 27, 2011 at 6:41 am |
  9. Joni

    Our forefathers had slaves. Women couldn’t vote until 1920. The love and marriage of Richard and Mildred Loving helped put an end to Virginia’s unjust law against whites and blacks marrying. The right to marry, to hold a job, to vote and other rights should not be subject to people who want to continue to segregate by skin color, sexual orientation or handicap. Love is love. A couple is a couple. Every law, statute and privilege that applies to one couple should apply to another. This should not be a state by state matter. The United States of America should act as one and truly stand for freedom and justice for all.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:41 am |
  10. John

    Out of my three siblings, my one sister is in an unhealthy relationship, my other sister was happily married fort thirteen years and is now going through a divorce. My third and oldest sister has been in a committed relationship for the same thirteen years. Now quite honestly I am in the middle when it comes to politics, and I truly feel that there is nothing wrong with same sex marriage, since they have as much right to be misereable like the rest of us. And by the way I myself am happily married.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:37 am |
  11. SpencerJr

    All in good time. How can gay marriage harm an institution that fails more then half of the time? Why doesn't the right go after drive-thru wedding joints in Vegas if they care about "saving" marriage. This is all about good old right wing hate.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:31 am |
  12. Robert

    NO! Just because New York does it, doesn't mean all the other states have to. These "GAY PRIDE" parades look more like circuses than celebrations. I find it difficult to respect them as equals when they strut around like freaks. I do NOT hate them, I just don't believe that something as sacred as marriage should be defiled. One matter is for certain, GOD will not tolerate it!

    June 27, 2011 at 6:30 am |
    • Jan Falk, LCSW

      Robert: Have you actually ever SEEN a straight marriage???? Been in one? There is NOTHING sacred about it, low and dirty.

      June 27, 2011 at 6:55 am |
  13. Michael Greene

    New York – YES! Other states will surely follow!

    June 27, 2011 at 6:29 am |
  14. Shawn Abele

    Why shouldn't same sex couples have the right to marry in every state? Tim Tebow's dire predictions of gay-wedding-induced anarchy aside, Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and South Africa all seem to be doing just fine, and they legalized same sex marriage years ago. Why should the citizens of South Africa enjoy greater freedom and liberty than the citizens of the United States of America?

    June 27, 2011 at 6:29 am |
  15. william L

    Marriage for same-sex couples? Never. That would redefine marriage like letting African Americans ride in the front of the bus redefined transportation. Marriage has been between one man and one woman since the beginning of time (except for Biblical times when you could have several wives and concubines or if you lived in Utah before about 1850 and could have multiple wives.) I'm afraid that gays and lesbians will start having children and expect the same protections for these kids as straight couple have for their kids. We can't have THAT!!!

    June 27, 2011 at 6:24 am |
    • Ruth K

      So you just hate everyone? Blacks and Gays too? I doubt too many gay couples will be having's a biological impossibility. ANYONE who has a child should be treated the same. ANYONE who pays taxes should be treated the same. According to our constitution ALL are created equal. I'm sorry for you and what it must be like to actually believe what appears to be going on in your brain.

      June 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  16. Robert Fairchild

    Where are we going? I hope that no other states even consider this, I can't believe that anyone in their right mind truly thinks this is right, let alone think it is okay! We, the American people, have let our freedoms go to far.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:24 am |
  17. Dan Moore

    I bet there are more straights than gays in New York... but, after watching the "Gay Pride Rally"...maybe not?

    June 27, 2011 at 6:23 am |
  18. Turley K. Hayes

    I beli9eve that every state should follow. It is time that we stop legeslating religious morals in this country. Left to the radical, right wingnuts this would not be a free country at all. Anything that did not completely agreee with their distored vision of what freedom means we would have the same type of society that exists in Saudi Arabia. Screw them, lets get it legalized in every state.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:23 am |
    • Harold from Homestead

      Hi Turley. This nation was found upon the Holy Bible which speaks against homosexuality. Every U.S. currency carries the slogan "In God We Trust." Look at the results of prayer being taken out of schools? What happens when we remove God from the equation? God doesn't hate gays and lesbians and neither do I. But, He hates the sin as do I.

      June 27, 2011 at 6:31 am |
      • Greg

        The world was flat, back then too. Man belonged at center of universe, and God's love, in beliefs then too. People were burned at the stake. Many truths then, are not so today. Countless billions of galaxies make up our reality now; All books created by flawed men trying to control other people. I want equality for all, those who believe in a higher power, and those who don't needs equal time. We can make school nothing but six hours of honoring all religious points of view, OR allow that for the family to decided. What starts out as an absolute today, can and does change with education of the facts all the time.

        June 27, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  19. Pastor B.

    "The city that never sleeps" is sleep walking. The other states should should out loud to the state of NY, "Wake Up!" They certainly should not follow suit.

    Pastor B.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:21 am |
  20. Jennifer R

    States should address the issue simply because there are gay couples living in every state in this country. They deserve equal rights and protections.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:20 am |
  21. John

    Gays pay taxes like everyone else, why not have the same rights as everyone else

    June 27, 2011 at 6:19 am |
  22. michael martin

    having read and having a belief in the constitution that says we have the right to be free and pursue happiness i strongly agree with same sex marriage. our nation needs to grow out of the fear that grips them not only with same sex marriage but with other social issue facing us.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:18 am |
  23. Steve

    Yes I hope the other states see NY as their role models. So Proud of NY.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:18 am |
  24. Greg

    Why Not? Equality, is the American Way. Justice for all, We the People, freedom from "your" religion.. etc. etc. Can hardly do worse than heterosexuals at it.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:18 am |
  25. Harold from Homestead

    No, I do not think that other states should follow suit. Although I have acquantances who are homosexual, I do not condone it and am of the belief that it will ultimately bring the wrath of God on our country.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:17 am |
  26. Alex V

    I think other states should definitely follow suit. Who is the government to deny people rights that heterosexual couples have. It only makes sense to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. It's basic civil rights and is bound to happen eventually.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:17 am |
  27. Jan Falk, LCSW

    I certainly hope so, for states that pass bizarre amendments banning same sex marriage (like Minnesota of all places???) what are the real homophobic issues? As a family therapist I can tell you that I have seen some really fantastic gay couples as parents and some really, really, really horrific straight parents. The odd judgments coming from homophobes and hypocrites in my state, Virginia, makes me want to go out and campaign to elect a progressive Governor, as we had prior to this one.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:16 am |
  28. Nick

    Yes the other States should follow NY.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:15 am |
  29. Ландис

    God, I hope, pray Not!

    June 27, 2011 at 5:44 am |