New York Gov. David Patersonâ€™s directive that state agencies must recognize gay marriages from other states or countries was prompted by a court decision in February, the New York Times reported. But Paterson has also been a longtime advocate of gay rights, which he, unlike many of his fellow African-Americans, equates to the civil rights struggle. â€œIâ€™ve wanted to be someone in the African-American community who recognizes the new civil rights struggle that is being undertaken by gay and lesbian and transgendered people,â€ Paterson said.
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