16 June 2011

“ICYMI Thursday” - Freedom to Marry in New York State - Phone Legislators Now

Marriage bill introduced in the New York Senate  --  Cameron Tolle Jun 14, 2011 

Following announcements that 4 state Senators who previously voted against the marriage bill in 2009 will now support the freedom to marry this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced a marriage bill in the New York Senate. A bill has already been introduced in the State Assembly, which has previously passed marriage bills in three separate legislative sessions. Upon introducing the bill, Governor Cuomo remarked (via the New York Daily News):

"For too long, same-sex couples have been denied the freedom to marry, as well as hundreds of rights that other New Yorkers take for granted," Cuomo said. "Marriage equality is a matter of fairness and legal security for thousands of families in this state – not of religion or culture."
With the end of the legislative session drawing near, swift action on the marriage bill is expected in both chambers. New Yorkers should contact their legislators now to urge support by clicking here.
Of course, this is the group Anne Stanback chairs
Did I forget to say “The Great Anne Stanback”?
Contact all your friends in New York State so that they tell their Legislators to pass the Freedom to Marry bill.

Here is what I was told in an email I received last week (edited by moi):

Will you take a moment to write to your legislators? You could be the voice that helps Freedom to Marry and our coalition partners win marriage in New York [...]

By contacting your legislators in support of marriage, you will be taking one of the most effective actions possible to win marriage. And, with such a short time before the legislative session ends, we don't have a moment to waste. [...]

Even if you know your legislators are supportive, please contact them anyway. We want to inundate Albany with constituent contacts [...] so that Albany gets the job done once and for all.

Contact your legislators today and help Freedom to Marry win marriage in New York this month:http://freedomtomarry.org/NY-Speakout

What the heck...Let's create a block of safe states where all people have equal rights!

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