One of the things we’ve seen over the past few months is that the tide and atmosphere are changing and we are reaching critical mass around Marriage Equality. Prop 8 was struck down, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is on its back foot, a recent poll showed that for the first time ever more Americans are in favor of Gay Marriage than are opposed, and the front-runner for NY Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has pledged his support for a bill in NY. So how do we get across the finish line?
The first and most pressing goal is Marriage Equality in NY. We came ever so close in 2009, but close isn’t good enough in 2011. There is a two-pronged strategy for getting the needed votes. Step 1 was primary challenges to those Democrats who opposed the Marriage Equality bill in 2009 where we seem to have turned at least one democratic ‘no’ to ‘yes’. Step 2 (and this is where you come in) is reaching critical mass among the citizens of NY. We need to continue to highlight what Marriage Equality means and why it’s absolutely essential. To put it simply the 1,138 rights that come along with marriage are being denied every day to friends, family, colleagues, neighbors etc. What can you do to help push Marriage Equality past the finish line? Say ‘I do’.
This Sunday, Marriage Equality New York (MENY) is having their 7th Annual Wedding March, where we will cross the bridge (literally) in support of Marriage Equality and the case for equal treatment under the law. From all around the New York metropolitan area, participants will gather in Foley Square and then march over the Brooklyn Bridge in a show of solidarity and support for equal marriage rights for ALL couples.
Check-in will be at 10:00a.m. in Foley Square Park in Manhattan, and the March begins promptly at 12:00p.m., ending with a wedding “reception” in Cadman Plaza.
Join us in standing up for equality and in doing what’s right for NY.
See you Sunday.
To register, email Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Heather K email@example.com. Fore more info on the CASE committee and/or Marriage Equality come to our next meeting on Wednesday, October 13th at 7pm.