Last night, LGBT New Yorkers and our families took another step closer to marriage equality as the bill passed the New York State Assembly for the fourth time today with bipartisan support. This vote is a victory that reflects many years of work by the Pride Agenda and others across the state. But we are not there yet.
Now, it comes to down to the State Senate where we are hopeful that the legislators in that chamber will heed the voice of the 58% of New Yorkers who believe that all loving, committed couples should be able to marry here in the Empire State.
While today’s victory is critical, it does not mean marriage is the law of the state or the nation. We must continue to work for passage through the Senate so same-sex couples can finally to get married right here at home. We need you to call your senator now.
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We offer our thanks to Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver for being a steadfast champion of this issue in the Assembly; the sponsor of the bill in that chamber, Assemblymember Danny O’Donnell, for his leadership; and the supporters in the Assembly who voted in a bi-partisan fashion for this measure over the last three years.
Now call your senator so we can take the final step in our journey towards marriage equality.
Onward to justice!
Ross D. Levi
Empire State Pride Agenda