Marriage Equality Must Still Be on the NY Senate's To-Do List

After a month spent ignoring the pressing needs of New Yorkers, the New York Senate resumed work yesterday and began to act on a long backlog of legislation. The marriage equality bill that has twice been passed by the Assembly. The Senate needs to pass this bill too. Now may not be the right time because there are so many bruised feelings in the chamber, but we must keep up the pressure to let senators know that they must support full equality for same-sex couples.

Take a minute to tell your Senator that the Senate may not vote on marriage equality in the next few days, but you want them to vote as soon as possible.

What you need to do:

  • Click here to find your Senator’s Albany phone number. Call your Senator and tell them that the time is now to extend the protections of civil marriage to same-sex couples and their families.
  • Tell them that you support the civil marriage equality bill — bill number S.4401 — and that you want the Senate to join the Assembly in passing it.
  • Remind your senator that every day that this bill is not passed, same-sex couples and their families are denied access to the 1,324 rights and responsibilities that come with marriage. Ask them to remember that marriage is a civil right. Marriage equality only affects civil marriage and the governmental rights and responsibilities that come with it. Marriage equality does not affect any religious organization in any way.
  • Tell them that LGBT families should not have to wait any longer for access to the protections of marriage, and that this issue is extremely important to ones you love.