NEW YORK — At a press conference today,
Governor Paterson announced a marriage equality bill for consideration
by the legislature, continuing his advocacy to secure the legal rights
and responsibilities of marriage for same–sex couples in New York.
Statement from Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director at Lambda Legal:
"Lambda Legal's victory in the Iowa marriage case and the
veto override vote in Vermont have made it clear that it is time to end
discrimination against same–sex couples nationwide. The door to
equality is open — we hope that New York is ready to walk through it.
We are pleased to see progress as Governor Paterson
continues to be an outspoken leader for marriage equality for same–sex
couples living in New York.
In New York, the stage is set: The State Assembly has
passed a marriage equality bill in the past; the Governor is prepared
to sign it; and both U.S. Senators from New York support marriage
equality. It is time for the state Assembly and Senate to vote yes for
equality, and finish the job. Until New Yorkers in same–sex
relationships can marry in their home state, they are still vulnerable
to discrimination — no matter how consistently the state upholds
recognition of out–of–state marriages.
"New York is now bordered by four jurisdictions that
provide marriage equality for same–sex couples: Massachusetts,
Connecticut, Vermont, and Canada — which calls the question, 'Why are
same-sex couples in New York forced to leave their home state to obtain
protection for their relationships?'"