Freedom To Marry: Waiting Too Long?

Author: Nick Reisman
Publication: Capital Tonight
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2011

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 The pro-gay marriage group Freedom To Marry released a YouTube video today highlight a same-sex couple who have been in a relationship for 61 years, but have been unable to be married in New York.

“Richard and John are the quintessential New York couple. They met at Juilliard and have spent most of their lives together here,” said Evan Wolfson, Founder and President of Freedom to Marry. “They are still obviously so deeply in love after 61 years and yet after all those years of commitment, being there for one another through the ups and downs of life, they are still being denied the one thing they want most – the freedom to marry in New York. It is time to change that. After 61 years together, haven’t they waited long enough?”

The video comes as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a coalition of groups have been formed to push for gay marriage legalization this year. A bill to legalize same-sex marriage failed in the Senate, 38-24 in 2009, back when Democrats held the majority.

But the groups hope to flip several of the previous “no” votes — including GOP Sens. Jim Alesi of Monroe County, Greg Ball of the Hudson Valley and Roy McDonald of Saratoga and Democrats Shirely Huntely and Joe Addabbo of Queens.

Alesi told Politics on the Hudson on Monday that he had made up his mind on the issue, but refused to say how he would vote.