Black, Latino lawmakers for same sex marriage

Author: Rick Karlin
Publication: Albany Times Union
Publication Date: May 19th, 2011

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It’s  been said that same sex marriage is a hard sell in the black and Hispanic community. But this rather lengthy list of  lawmakers and leaders appears to be rebutting that notion.

Here’s the release from New Yorkers United for Marriage followed by their open letter in support of same sex marriage with the list of signers:

More than three dozen of New York’s most prominent African American, Latino
and Asian community leaders and elected officials are joining efforts to pass marriage legislation,
submitting an open letter to the State Legislature in support of marriage equality. Their support
comes as momentum to pass a marriage bill by the end of session continues to build.
The letter, penned by former Mayor David Dinkins, former Governor David Paterson, Comptroller
John Liu, Congressmember Nydia Velazquez, as well as numerous other City and State lawmakers
and union leaders, calls on the state legislature to support equal rights for gay and lesbian couples:
“What we learned from the civil rights movement to end racial discrimination informs our fight to end other
discrimination based on who you are. It is a bedrock American value that all are created equal. Our laws must
reflect that core belief.
This fight is not just about legal rights. It is about our brothers and sisters, our uncles and cousins, our
neighbors and co-workers. It is about the strong families and communities which we ourselves cherish.
Why should we rob others of the joys and blessings – and protections — of one of the most valued
institutions in our society?”
“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.s “The majority of New Yorkers
– from all backgrounds and walks of life – are making their voices heard in favor of the freedom
to marry for all loving, committed couples. It’s time for Albany to listen and act.”