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Many New Yorkers—and people all around the world—celebrated our generation’s civil rights breakthrough victory, the Marriage Equality Act, passed June 24, 2011. Still others have noted—correctly—that while this is a meaningful step toward the ultimate goal of genuine marriage equality, that goal is still elusive and will only be achieved with the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Larry Kramer, playwright and gay rights advocate, planted himself squarely in the latter camp, declaring in The New York Times on July 24, 2011, “These marriages, in whichever state, are what I call feel-good marriages. Compared to the benefits heterosexual marriages convey, gay marriages are an embarrassment.” Days later, on July 27, 2011, he clarified in the Advocate.com, saying that he would happily marry his partner, “but only when that marriage is equal to what heterosexual marriages convey by law, the law of the United States, and not just New York State.”

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