League of Women Voters Join Fight for Same-Sex Marriage

Author: Joseph Spector
Publication: Albany Watch
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It’s a bit of a different direction for the League of Women Voters of New York State, but they have joined with the newly formed New Yorkers United for Marriage to support the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York.

The League of Women Voters largely focuses on good government issues, but is now wading into the same-sex marriage debate.

“The time to allow loving and committed couples to marry is long overdue, and we are thrilled to lend our support to this effort,” Betsey Swan, president of the League of Women Voters of New York State, said in a statement. “The League has always advocated for fundamental fairness and equal protection under the law. It hurts all New Yorkers when some families are denied the respect, protections and responsibilities of marriage. We are very pleased that the majority of New Yorkers now agree.”

New Yorkers United for Marriage said the “the announcement by the League of Women Voters of New York State, a nonpartisan organization that encourages informed civic participation, reflects the widespread support and bipartisan nature of the effort to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.”

“For many years, the League of Women Voters has been a nonpartisan voice working hard to ensure that legislators in Albany hear and respond to the concerns of New Yorkers,” said Empire State Pride Agenda executive director Ross Levi in a statement. “The League’s endorsement of legislation to permit marriage for same-sex couples and its support for the efforts of New Yorkers United for Marriage reflect the fact that an ever-increasing majority of voters—from all parts of the state and across the political spectrum— believes that it is time to allow committed, loving lesbian and gay couples to wed in our state.”