Editor's note: New York's Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks after passage of a same-sex marriage bill in the NY Senate.
Related: New York moves to become 6th state to legalize gay marriage
I am happy to see NY advancing the cause of marriage equality, but I'm unhappy with the coverage by this and other networks on the issue. Most gay and lesbian persons, myself included, do not fit into the images of the gay community you show when you report on the story. We don't go to gay clubs, dress up as drag queens, or even attend gay pride events, or at least not on a daily basis. Not to say there is anything wrong with that, but showing only those pictures gives the public an unfair interpretation of the gay community as a whole. We are hard working individuals, many of us lawyers and doctors, MBAs and top executives. We live as normal a life as most heterosexual couples out there, we just happen to be gay. The fact that we are gay is only a secondary part of our intellectual character and does not predominately identify who we are individually. I hope that you will stop showing images of what many people see as gay stereotypes and start showing images of normal, professional homosexual individuals congregating in their every day environments. Showing only images of us in drunken dance pits in costumes at gay clubs does nothing but cause those who opposed gay marriage at the outset to put up even stronger resistance to its expansion. If they can fairly see who most of us are in the professional sense then the opposers will be much more likely to understand that this is about freedom and equality instead of viewing it as a flagrant incursion of "gayism" on their traditional concepts of marriage. When people can see how we are similar they will come closer to understanding why we should not be treated differently as a matter of equitable principle.
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