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06/09/2009

ExaSPerAted ESPA to feet-dragging Senate: VOTE ALREADY!

by Jeremy Hooper

This from New York's Empire State Pride Agenda:

Pride Agenda calls for Senate vote on marriage equality

Statement by Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director Alan Van Capelle

June 9, 2009

“The Empire State Pride Agenda and our allies have fought hard to make sure that same-sex couples in New York are given access to marriage and the 1,324 rights and responsibilities that come with a state marriage license. We have also fought hard to end legal discrimination against transgender New Yorkers and bias-based harassment in schools.

The marriage equality bill recently passed by an overwhelming margin in the State Assembly and was gaining momentum in the State Senate as the end of the session approached. The same is true for the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act and the Dignity for All Students Act.

Our issues are not partisan issues. They are about equal rights for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who are treated like second class citizens. Our hope and expectation is that yesterday’s events will not derail efforts by our community to win the equality we so desperately need.

It is time to bring marriage equality and these other LGBT issues to the Senate floor for votes and have members vote their conscience. We urge the Senate to schedule these votes as soon as possible before the end of the legislative session.”
ESPA

We agree. Senators: Hurry up and do your business, then flush away the inequality that has stunk up the joint. Some of us need to go (obtain our rights)!

Oh and Senators: By "conscience," ESPA literally means to vote your conscience. Unlike many of the heated anti-equality folks, who want you to vote for the "con" that "science" says gays can change. Don't allow yourselves to be confused.

**RELATED: New Senate President Wants Vote on Same-Sex Marriage [NYT -- City Room blog]

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We can still achieve marriage fairness in the Empire State. Visit MarriageNY.com to find out how and to see 12 videos of real New York couples that need marriage equality now, just like you.

Posted by: MFairness | Jun 9, 2009 4:20:51 PM

I'm wondering if this coup could have actually helped us. Did the new Senate President say to Skelos that we would help give power back to the Reps if Skelos allows a marriage vote? The new Pres is one of the co-sponsors of the bill in the Senate. Pure speculation on my part.

Posted by: Stojef | Jun 10, 2009 8:21:21 AM

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