Mothers from Across NY Call on Legislature to Support Marriage Equality in Honor of Mother’s Day


For Immediate Release

May 6, 2011 




Mothers from Across New York Call on Legislature to Support Marriage Equality in Honor of Mother’s Day


Mother's Day Push Comes as PFLAG National Joins with Coalition to Pass Marriage Legislation


(NEW YORK) – Mothers from across New York are joining New Yorkers United for Marriage and urging the state legislature to support marriage equality in honor of Mother's Day, the coalition announced today. Support comes from New York mothers from all walks of life and both sides of the political spectrum, as momentum to pass marriage legislation continues to build.


"Every mother wants her children to be treated respectfully.  My son has known discrimination because he is gay.  This prejudice actually affects our whole family as we witness the intolerance while we know the American promise is for liberty and equality,” said Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward.  “This is the year to bring the rights and protections in our Constitution to every member of our society. This is theyear to pass the Marriage Bill and end discrimination in New York State."


"As the mother of three, it was always my hope that all of my kids would find the person with whom they'd want to spend the rest of their lives – and be able to celebrate that commitment through marriage,” said Kate Hathaway, mother of actress Anne Hathaway and Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation board member. “Two of my children could do that right now, but not my other child, who is gay.  He had to go to Canada to marry the person he loves. We must be fair and just and pass marriage equality right here in the Empire State.”


In addition to political leaders and celebrity moms, support for marriage comes from everyday New Yorkers. “As a mother, you want to give your kids everything. As they grow up, you're there to teach them lessons, get them what they need, and support them. But the freedom to marry is one thing I can't give my kids, and that hurts,” said RoseAnn Hermann.  “This Mother's Day, I want nothing more than to know that everyone's kids, including my own, will be treated fairly in the state of New York. It's time."


“What I would very much appreciate this Mother’s Day is to know that our New York State Senators will take the proper, just, decent action and vote for Marriage Equality so that my younger son is finally able to marry the person he loves just as my older son had done,” said Iris Blumenthal. “I look forward to the joy my husband and I will experience as we walk our son down the aisle and watch him pledge his love and commitment to his beloved before our family, friends and community.”


The push from mothers reflects the widespread, bipartisan support for marriage for gay and lesbian couples, and comes as PFLAG National (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) announces it will lend its support to the unprecedented coalition.


"PFLAG National is proud to join in support of the freedom to marry in New York.  At PFLAG, we know the importance of making a commitment to family,” said Jody Huckaby, Executive Director of PFLAG National.  “Our LGBT friends in New York should not be denied the safety-net and stability that only marriage brings -- it is time to make sure that all committed couples in New York have the right to marry."


PFLAG National (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is the nation’s foremost family-based organization committed to the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Founded in 1973 by mothers and fathers, PFLAG has 200,000 members and supporters inmore than 250 chapters throughout the United States. To learn more, please visit



New Yorkers United for Marriage is a coalition of leading New York LGBT rights organizations fighting so that all couples in New York State have the freedom to marry the person they love.

The Empire State Pride Agenda is the statewide civil rights and advocacy group committed to achieving full equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) New Yorkers and our families. For twenty years we have been educating policymakers, elected officials and thepublic, building coalitions and mobilizing allies, lobbying government officials, administering a Political Action Committee, and organizing and empowering the LGBT community.
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.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and
engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
Marriage Equality New York (MENY) is a grassroots, volunteer based, single-issue organization dedicated to securing the right for all New Yorkers to enter into legally recognized civil marriages. With local chapters throughout New York State, MENY is leading the fight for equality, helping educate local and state politicians and candidates to support equal marriage rights legislation.

Log Cabin Republicans is the nation’s only organization of Republicans who support fairness, freedom and equality for gay and lesbian Americans. Log Cabin hasstate and local chapters nationwide, a full-time office in Washington, D.C., a federal political action committee and state political action committees.