The Empire State Building Shouts Out Rainbow For Same-Sex Marriage

25 Jun

New York State is now the 6th state to legalize same-sex marriage. We join Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, (and the District of Columbia).


It happened last night, as Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the historic bill at 11:55 p.m.

The Empire State Building was decked out in all Rainbow colors, to celebrate.

I got that photo from this website, which goes on to explain how the ESB was able to “Go Rainbow” so quickly:

“Less than an hour after the New York legislature passed a marriage equality bill during a late session on Friday, Twitter started filling up with messages about how the Empire State Building had “gone rainbow”.

“How was the staff at one of the most iconic buildings in all of New York able to so quickly light up the exterior with the colors of the Gay Pride flag?”

“They were ready to flick the switch because the lights had been installed more than six months ago. The building was then seen sporting that fabulous purple and red glow. The rock band  Further ( founded in 2009 by  members of the Grateful Dead) played at the Madison Square Garden in November of last year. The Empire State Building was at that time made to shine like a rainbow at night in honor of Jerry Garcia.”

So, the Rainbow lights were just waiting.

Thank you, Governor Cuomo.

Thank you, Senators.

Thank you, Jerry Garcia.

You’ve done The Right Thing.

Well, I didn’t look up to see The Empire State Building last night, dang it.

Hubby and I had gone to City Winery, where we enjoyed seeing the fantastic Los Straitjackets

and the masterful Dave Alvin.

City Winery is a very nice restaurant/club where they serve wine on tap (Yay for wine drinkers!) – you can even participate in making  your own barrel of wine there!

They store their barrels downstairs beneath the dining/stage area.

All very cool.

Of course, they have beer and a mixed bar, as well – but I have to give a special shout-out for the wine on tap.

We wine drinkers are often discriminated against.

Which, in a very round-about way, brings us back to Same-Sex marriage being legalized in New York State last night, while we were enjoying the music.

YAY. Hip Hip Hooray.



P.S. Who ARE those masked men, anyway??


2 Responses to “The Empire State Building Shouts Out Rainbow For Same-Sex Marriage”

  1. Ellen Girone June 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    I love the City Winery! I hear Los Strait Jackets on FUV every now and again. See you on the 10th!


    • SAllan June 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

      They are too much fun! See you on the 10th – can’t wait!

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