President Obama heads to New York City Thursday evening to host a gala with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, as advocates are frustrated he hasn't endorsed gay marriage and New York state takes up a key vote on the issue
With a decision on New York’s gay marriage bill coming any minute now, one of the principle remaining obstacles to its passage — which would be a huge victory for the gay rights movement — is a man named Mike Long.
"Now that we've made it here, we'll make it everywhere," said prominent activist Evan Wolfson, who took up the cause of marriage equality as a law student three decades ago.
With New York now gearing up for same-sex weddings, the battle lines are forming for the next skirmishes over gay marriage — and the most dramatic could come in Minnesota.
Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, said Obama is ‘”lagging behind the American people” by not yet endorsing same-sex marriage when a majority of Americans now support the concept.
"Marriage brings that statement of clarity, dignity and connectedness to another person that is immediately understood and powerful," Wolfson said.
New York, where the gay rights movement was born but has run up against conservative forces, could again change the political landscape for gays by becoming the largest state to allow same-sex marriage.
In New York state, the legislature is poised to pass same-sex marriage and would become the third state to do so legislatively, following Vermont and New Hampshire
A shadowy group run by religious fundamentalists is bankrolling a pitched crusade against same-sex marriage in New York.
"Momentum for marriage is building every day, and today's poll shows exactly who is driving that momentum -- the people of New York state," said Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director for Freedom to Marry. Labor unions -- including PEF, CSEA and the Capital District Area Labor Federation, which covers 120,000 members in the region -- announced their support for the measure.
"There is no question the momentum is strongly in favor of ending the discriminatory patchwork and treating gay people equally," said Evan Wolfson, president of New York-based Freedom to Marry and author of "Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry." He said civil union partnerships are important but still not where America should be with granting equal rights to gay couples.
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In March 2010, Washington, D.C., joined Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont in allowing same-sex marriages. Imagine that: Gay and lesbian couples can wed in our nation’s capital, but not in New York, a state long known for its progressive politics. That’s shameful.
Supporters of LGBT rights are gearing up for yet another fight at the ballot against a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.
“The call for the freedom to marry from some of New York’s most influential African American, Latino and Asian leaders reflects the growing support within communities of color — and the real needs and vulnerabilities of families harmed by exclusion from marriage and its protections,” said Evan Wolfson, President of Freedom to Marry
Recent polls showing majority support for same sex marriage could have an effect on judges as the legal fight against Proposition 8 moves through the courts, experts and advocates say.
A majority of Americans say in a new poll that same-sex marriage should be legalized, marking the first time for such support since Gallup began tracking the issue in 2004.
Caroline Kennedy has joined civil rights activists, celebrities and athletes in a national campaign urging President Obama to support same-sex marriage.
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The openly gay sponsor of a marriage equality bill in Rhode Island said last week he would push for a civil unions bill instead, setting off a slew of criticism from LGBT groups. Six states are considering legislation that would ask voters to amend the state constitution to ban recognition of any legal relationships for same-sex couples. And all this was on the heels of a dramatic loss for a marriage equality bill in Maryland in March. Has the state legislative fight for marriage equality lost momentum? Not according to Evan Wolfson, executive director of the national Freedom to Marry group.