Voice for Equality: Scott Stringer

Scott Stringer is a New York Democratic politician and the current Borough President of Manhattan. In 2005, he entered the race to succeed C. Virginia Fields as Manhattan Borough President. On September 13, 2005, he won the Democratic primary against 9 other candidates and was later elected in the November general election. He took office as Borough President on January 1, 2006.

Posted on July 9, 2010 by Michael Barbara on nytimes.com:

"Scott M. Stringer, the Manhattan borough president, buys his bagels at H&H, his groceries at Fairway and his coffee at Lenny’s (Starbucks is, after all, a Seattle company). He roots for the Jets, exercises in Riverside Park and pops into the Museum of Natural History.

"The idea of doing anything outside New York City seems alien to him.

“'I can’t imagine not being in this city,' he said over coffee.

"But after five decades of municipal fidelity, Mr. Stringer is refusing to do something rather momentous in the city of his birth: marry.

"He and his fiancée, Elyse Buxbaum, have decided to wed in Connecticut this year in what they described as a protest of New York’s failure to legalize the freedom to marry.

"In the half year since the New York State Senate defeated a bill to allow marriage equality, a parade of politicians have proclaimed their anger at the inability of gay couples to marry in the state.

"But Mr. Stringer, a potential candidate for mayor in 2013, may be the first to boycott New York’s marriage bureau — an act that he hopes will encourage his constituents (and fellow lawmakers) to get married in states like Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts that have sanctioned marriages for same-sex couples.

“'This gives Elyse and I a chance to take personal responsibility,' Mr. Stringer, 50, said at a coffee shop on the Upper East Side as Ms. Buxbaum, 38, sat next to him.

“'If enough people who have somewhat of a profile — not just politicians, but artists and business leaders — start going into Massachusetts or Connecticut and show New York how embarrassing it is that you can’t get a marriage license for same-sex couples, then we will change things.'"

Freedom to Marry salutes Scott Stringer as a Voice for Equality!

If Mr. Stringer's support inspires you, take action by signing the Freedom to Marry Pledge.