Happy Gays

  • Aired:  06/27/11
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New York's Senate legalizes same-sex marriage, and Barack Obama wants to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. (5:11)

>> Jon: WELCOME TO THE DAILY

SHOW.

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

TONIGHT JENNIFER ANISTON.

JENNIFER ANISTON WILL BE HERE.

I HOPE I'M NOT TOO EXHAUSTED.

I HAD A CRAZY WEEKEND.

YESTERDAY LIKE EVERY YEAR IN

THE END OF JUNE LAST WEEKEND I

DRESS IN GLITTER LIKE A

PEACOCK.

I MARCH DOWN FIFTH AVENUE TO

RAISE AWARENESS OF EXOTIC

BIRDS.

AND I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU THIS

YEAR ALMOST MORE THAN ANY

OTHER YEAR IT WENT REALLY

REALLY WELL.

I COULDN'T BELIEVE THE SUPPORT

I WAS GETTING.

PEOPLE ARE LIKE THIS IS A

GREAT DAY.

IT'S BEEN TOO LONG.

I WAS LIKE, YEAH, EXOTIC

BIRDS.

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

AND THEN PEOPLE ARE LIKE

WASN'T FRIDAY AMAZING?

I WAS LIKE WHY?

WHAT HAPPENED FRIDAY?

>> IT IS A HISTORY-MAKING

NIGHT WITH A VOTE THAT JUST

HAPPENED A SHORT TIME AGO.

NEW YORK BECOMES THE 7th

JURISDICTION IN AMERICA TO

RECOGNIZE MARRIAGE FOR SAME

SEX COUPLES.

>> Jon: THAT'S A MAJOR CIVIL

RIGHTS VICTORY.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

NEW YORK, FINALLY, NEW YORK

STATE'S GAY AND LESBIAN

COMMUNITY ARE FREE FROM THE

BURDEN THAT WAS HAVING TO SET

FOOT IN CONNECTICUT IN ORDER

TO GET MARRIED.

( APPLAUSE )

REALLY?

THE NUPTIALS ARE IN STAM

FORWARD?

MMMM.

YES, IT WAS LAST FRIDAY NIGHT

AT 10:30 P.M. EASTERN GAY

RIGHTS TIME AFTER A WEEK OF

TENSE NEGOTIATIONS AND

PROTESTS FEATURING BRUTAL GAY

VERSUS JEW BULL FIGHTING, THE

SENATE IN AL BANY FINALLY MADE

AN HONEST STATE OF NEW YORK BY

A VOTE OF 33 FOR DESTROYING

SOCIETY AS WE KNOW IT AND 29

AGAINST.

THE VOTE WAS IN DOUBT RIGHT UP

UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.

AS OF THURSDAY, THE STATE

SENATE WAS DEAD LOCKED 31-31.

MARRIAGE RIGHTS SUPPORTERS HAD

TO FIND AT LEAST ONE MORE

REPUBLICAN TO FLIP.

AND THEN UP STEPPED MARK

GRISANTI, STATE SENATOR FROM

BUFFALO, WHO HAD RUN ON A

PLATFORM OF BANNING GAY

MARRIAGE.

HERE'S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY.

>> AS A CATHOLIC I WAS RAISED

TO BELIEVE THAT MARRIAGE IS

BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN.

>> Jon: SO WE'LL MOVE ON FROM

THERE.

MAYBE THEY'LL FIND A VOTE FROM

SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T APPEAR TO

BE ON ELLIOTT NESS'S ENEMY

LIST.

>> I CANNOT LEGALLY COME UP

WITH AN ARGUMENT AGAINST SAME

SEX MARRIAGE.

WHO AM I TO SAY THAT SOMEONE

DOES NOT HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS

THAT I HAVE WITH MY WIFE WHO I

LOVE OR TO HAVE THE 1300-PLUS

RIGHTS THAT I SHARE WITH HER?

I VOTE IN THE AFFIRMATIVE,

MR. PRESIDENT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: YOU KNOW WHAT?

I'M SO IMPRESSED.

IN HONOR OF THIS MAN, IN HONOR

OF THIS GREAT MAN, I WILL NO

LONGER DO MY OFFENSIVE ITALIAN

NEW YORKER VOICE.

FOR AS LONG AS... BECAUSE IT'S

NOT OFTEN YOU SEE THIS SON OF

A B... THE COURAGE THAT THIS

MOTHER (BEEP), THE GIANT

(BEEP) HANGING OVER THIS MAN

LIKE BOCCE BALLS ON A SUMMER

AFTERNOON.

I'M SORRY.

IT'S VERY HARD NOT TO DO THE

VOICE.

IT'S A VERY FUN VOICE.

SO WITH SUPPORT OF GRISANTI

AND HIS FELLOW REPUBLICAN

STEVEN SALAN GAY MARRIAGE

PASSED AND OF COURSE YOU KNOW

WITH THAT MEANS.

>> THE CITY ESTIMATES THE NEW

LAW WILL BRING MORE THAN $180

MILLION TO THE STATE IN THE

NEXT THREE YEARS.

>> Jon: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

ALL RIGHT.

ALSO CASHING IN THE PERFECT

TIME TO ROLL OUT MY NEW JON

STEWART BRAND TUXEDOS.

ALL THE ELEGANCE OF A TUXEDO

BUT WITH THE FLATTERING

PHYSIQUE.

>> (CAT YOWLING).

>> Jon: INDEED.

FRAY FRY'S DECISION BRINGS THE

TOTAL NUMBER OF STATES

PERMITTING GAY MARRIAGE TO 7.

41 OTHER STATES STILL HAVE

LAWS ON THE BOOKS EXPLICITLY

BANNING SAME SEX MARRIAGE.

IT'S WHY MANY GAY ACTIVISTS

ARE LOOKING FOR FEDERAL ACTION

TO ACHIEVE NATIONAL MARRIAGE

EQUALITY.

LAST THURSDAY BARACK OBAMA

ADDRESSED THAT VERY QUESTION.

>> I HAVE LONG BELIEVED THAT

THE SO-CALLED DEFENSE OF

MARRIAGE ACT OUGHT TO BE

REPEALED.

>> Jon: HEAR, HEAR, YEAH!

I ASSUME THE PRESIDENT'S

PROBLEM WITH THE DEFENSE OF

MARRIAGE ACT IS THAT IT SHOULD

BE A FEDERAL LAW IN SUPPORT OF

GAY MARRIAGE.

>> PART OF THE REASON THAT

DOMA DOESN'T MAKE SENSE IS

THAT TRADITIONALLY MARRIAGE

HAS BEEN DECIDED BY THE

STATES.

(AUDIENCE GROANING).

>> Jon: REALLY?

THE GENTLEMAN WITH MIXED RACE

PARENTS PLAYING THE STATES NO

BEST CARD.

YOU KNOW, WHEN I WAS BORN...

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

WHEN I WAS BORN MY PARENTS'

MARRIAGE WOULD HAVE BEEN

ILLEGAL IN FLORIDA AND

VIRGINIA.

SO

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