Post by Executive Director Ross Levi
The drum beat towards marriage is getting louder and louder. Will you help us make sure our legislators in Albany are paying attention?
Today, New Yorkers United for Marriage, a coalition of which the Pride Agenda is proud to be a part, released a moving video of Mary Jo Kennedy and Jo-Ann Shain, a lesbian couple who have been in a loving, committed partnership for more than 29 years and simply want to say “I do” in their home state.
May Jo and Jo-Ann’s story will be airing on television channels across the state beginning tomorrow to raise the voices of loving couples who ardently want to get married.
But TV ads are just one of the ways we’re taking charge of the marriage debate here in New York. Will you make a contribution to fuel our aggressive work on marriage this legislative session?
At this very moment, the Pride Agenda is setting the stage for Equality & Justice Day, New York’s largest statewide LGBT day of action and advocacy, on this coming Monday, May 9. More than 1,100 pro-LGBT New Yorkers are headed to the Capitol in Albany to bring our stories and support directly to our elected representatives.
Just yesterday, the Pride Agenda announced that adding their voice to the chorus for equality are more than 700 clergy from across the state who want to make marriage a reality for loving, committed same-sex couples.
The business community is on board, too, through another Pride Agenda initiative, New York Business for Marriage, that recognizes that marriage equality is a win-win-win for business, the economy and New York State.
We are galvanizing support from organized labor, so New York unions representing millions of New Yorkers can publicly show their solidarity by standing up for marriage equality.
On top of that, we’re actively phone banking, setting up local legislative meetings and sending out direct mail in State Senate districts where there are legislators who are undecided on whether to support loving same-sex couples in their journey towards marriage.
I can feel the momentum gathering as ally after ally joins our movement toward the day when all loving New York couples who want to make a life-long commitment to each other can finally get married. But we’re not there yet.
Won’t you help us cross the finish line? There is nothing more rewarding than working for equality and justice for our community, and I want you by my side.
Ross D. Levi
Empire State Pride Agenda