Gay Owners of Bogota Restaurant in Brooklyn Want to Marry in New York

6/3/2011

Press Contact:
Jackie Yodashkin
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry
jackie@freedomtomarry.org
917-620-4502

(New York, NY, June 3, 2011) – Today, Freedom to Marry released a video produced in partnership with In The Life Media telling the story of George Constantinou and Farid Ali Lancheros, co-owners of Bogota Restaurant in Park Slope Brooklyn, together over 10 years and engaged, waiting to marry in New York. To view the video, click here.

“Farid and George have been in a loving, committed relationship for over 10 years, doing the hard work of marriage – in addition to the hard work of owning a successful restaurant business together – yet without the support and respect marriage would provide,” said Evan Wolfson, Founder and President of Freedom to Marry. “They have wanted to marry for years, but with a baby on the way, they feel even more strongly the need for the critical safety- net that marriage brings. New York couples like Farid and George want the freedom to marry, a super-majority of New Yorkers want them to have it, and the New York state legislature should pass the marriage bill - now.”

Farid and George are the owners of Bogota Latin Bistro & Mojito Bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  They started the business together in 2005, honoring their backgrounds; George is half Costa Rican and Farid is half Colombian.  Together for over 10 years, they were engaged two years ago and are now starting a family.  “If we were a straight couple, we would’ve been married years ago,” said George Constantinou in the video.

“For me, marriage is almost like the culmination of this long, long journey,” said Farid Ali Lancheros. “We’ve been together 10 years, we have a successful business together -- now we’re going on to start a family together.”

The video is part of the campaign to enact marriage legislation in New York.

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Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.