With a 33-29 vote Friday night, New York joined only five other states to accept same sex marriages. It was a historic day in New York politics and, more important, for the gay community.
Just last month, 1050 ESPN sportscaster Jared Max outed himself on the air and in subsequent interviews.
Max has become a poster boy, of sorts, for gay pride overtaking the city.
Needless to say, Max, 37, is thrilled.
“How couldn’t you be, unless you’re stuck in a place that doesn’t allow you to see civility,” Max tells FishbowlNY.
Moments after the vote was announced in Albany, many of Max’s friends, followers, and supporters sent him thank you notes on Facebook.
“That I may have played the most minute role in helping bring this wall down is hard to fathom, but I’m accepting of the honor, happily,” Max says.
If not for other plans, Max says he would have liked to have been either in Chelsea or Greenwich Village after the bill passed Friday night.
But Max was able to stay connected with the story on Twitter, along with so many others. He tweeted former New York Giant David Tyree (and Super Bowl XLII hero): “Will you marry me?” Max expounded on that message with his Facebook friends, adding if anyone knew his phone number, “so I could call to propose marriage.”
Tyree, married to a woman with four children, has been a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage.
“That Tyree said he’d give back his ‘catch’ hat [that] helped the Giants win the Super Bowl—if it would mean keeping the right to marriage …away from gay people—speaks of sadness,” Max says.
But, of course, there is overwhelming excitement for the morning drive 1050 sports anchor. Despite living in New Jersey, Max says the “monumental” victory is as huge as if it came from his home state.
Now that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed same-sex unions into law, the first couples can legally join in matrimony in less than 30 days.
As for Max, he’s not rushing to marriage.
“Certainly [it] changes the playing field to know this,” Max admits. “And, if I’m in a situation like my great-uncle Eddie was years ago, before his passing, I won’t have to lie to a hospital [and] say that my significant other is a ‘nephew’—so that he may have the same visitation rights as any spouse of a straight person.”