Countdown in New York
June 09, 2011
Written by Freedom to Marry Communications Intern Katie Garcia
With just over a week before the New York legislature is scheduled to adjourn, the fight to enact marriage legislation in the state is heating up.
According to Paul Schindler of Gay City News, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and advocacy groups including Freedom to Marry, are working together in a unified front.
“New York’s legacy of social progress is undeniable. We have led the way and it is time to make marriage equality in New York State,” Gov. Cuomo said in a written statement to Gay City News. “The time to pass marriage equality is now and we are all working together to do just that.”
This past week, groups advocating for the marriage bill rallied in Rochester. Rochester mayor Tom Richards, joined by members of the New York Business for Marriage and Ross Levi, Executive Director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, called on the legislature to pass a marriage bill.
Yesterday, Queens elected officials and local labor leaders held a joint press conference to announce broad support for marriage and call on the State Legislature to give all New Yorkers the freedom to marry the person they love by the end of the legislative session. Among those speaking out in support of the marriage bill were Congressman Joseph Crowley, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, City Comptroller John Liu, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, local labor leaders and a wide range of Queens-based city, state and federal elected officials.
Freedom to Marry and New Yorkers United for Marriage are continuing to work in the final days of the legislative session to win marriage. Please contact your legislators today and urge them to support the marriage bill.
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