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I celebrate the new state law that permits same sex couples to be married. It will be my pleasure to officiate a matrimonial service for any two couples in the City of Beacon. No fee. To make an appointment call 249-5571 or city hall.  

Steve Gold, mayor

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Comment by Andy Brown on July 9, 2011 at 10:16am
Open your mind and heart and let other people share in the joy.
Comment by Tara on July 9, 2011 at 9:05am
I agree with Ben also. So the next time you see people being kind and celebrating something that doesn't hurt anyone and looks like it is very positive for the people posting on the page...keep your negative comments to yourself, Steve. Solved.
Comment by Steve Knowles on July 8, 2011 at 3:50pm
I agree with Ben!  (and TC, I never said I was afraid of homosexuals)
Comment by TC on July 8, 2011 at 3:12pm

SK: "the governor and his enablers decided to do what they knew wouldn't be passed through a vote of the electorate"

Keep on trolling!!! Gay marriage supported by record number of New York voters: 56% acc...

Or better yet try ignoring people who are not you and let them live their lives in peace, you homophobic busybody.

And yes, Ben, now I'm done trolling this thread.

Comment by Attila Szendrodi on July 8, 2011 at 12:06pm
Marriage is an archaic practice from a time when women were considered "property" of men. Sort of like saying "bless you" when someone sneezes. Instead of debating how marriage should be defined we should be trying to come up with solutions to get society out of the dark ages.
Comment by Ben Royce on July 8, 2011 at 10:11am

We're not going to convince one side or the other in this thread, so we can argue for 50 posts about marriage, or drop the issue.



Comment by Steve Knowles on July 8, 2011 at 10:00am
TC: That must be an online dictionary  (I guess I shouldn't have said "any dictionary", but rather "any established dictionary" or perhaps "any commonly accepted dictionary"), because none of the dictionaries in my house include a "same sex" entry. (no pun intended)  The point I am trying to make is that marriage has been defined, and practiced, for thousands of years, as the union of one man and one woman (usually just one woman).  Just because you call something marriage (two men, or two women), doesn't make it marriage, no matter what some re-written dictionary may state.  The law could have been written such that the term "marriage" was not used, but of course, the governor and his enablers decided to do what they knew wouldn't be passed through a vote of the electorate.
Comment by Andy Brown on July 7, 2011 at 9:15pm

the wiki entry


Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found. Such a union, often formalized via a wedding ceremony, may also be called matrimony.

People marry for many reasons, including one or more of the following: legal, social, libido, emotional, economic, spiritual, and religious. These might include arranged marriages, family obligations, the legal establishment of a nuclear family unit, the legal protection of children and public declaration of commitment.[1][2] The act of marriage usually creates normative or legal obligations between the individuals involved. In some societies these obligations also extend to certain family members of the married persons. Some cultures allow the dissolution of marriage through divorce or annulment.

Comment by TC on July 7, 2011 at 5:10pm

OK. Looked it up in the Merriam-Webster dictionary for you S Knowles (I feared the Oxford dictionary would sound too 'European' for you).


mar·riage - noun \ˈmer-ij, ˈma-rij\
a (1) : the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) : the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage <same-sex marriage>


Yup. Sounds like Steve Gold is going to marry a few same sex couples. Not Rick Santorum's man-turtle relations, or Dubya's human-animal hybrids. Just two people who want to share in the legally recognized institution of marriage.


Troll harder next time... Seriously!

Comment by Steve Knowles on July 7, 2011 at 12:02pm
You should probably look up the definition of marriage in any dictionary.  Seriously!

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