Senators Ball and Griffo, Grisanti and Martins, and especially you, Senator Lanza,
I am writing on behalf not just of your LGBT constituents but all of your constituents. The issue of gay marriage is not an issue of gay rights, it is an issue of human rights. Denying the right to marriage to any part of the population is both cruel and unusual. The 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees equal rights for all citizens, and bans on gay marriage are every bit as discriminatory and illegal as anti-black and anti-female laws were not many decades ago.
This is your chance to do the right thing and serve not only the economic interests of our great State but also set a powerful precedent, a statement that New York will not countenance prejudice or discrimination in any form.
A majority of the state and a majority of your constituents are in favor of repealing the ban on gay marriage. Allowing all committed couples to form a committed spiritual bond and allowing them all to enjoy the legal benefits granted by recognition of such a bond is the best possible thing for children and families, and poses no threat to anyone, anywhere. Allowing the religious preferences of a portion of the population to control the opportunities and lives of another segment is backwards and narrow-minded and has no place in a state whose great Statue of Liberty has stood for decades as a symbol of freedom and equality.
You were sent to Albany to serve your constituents. Please, do what you were elected to do and vote to allow gay marriage.
-An Ally for Equality
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
I've been thinking for a while now, off and on, of starting one of these things, just to have somewhere to ramble and share pictures and stories with people. I doubt I'll ever update regularly, but the spirit has moved me enough in the last couple of weeks that I finally broke down and started writing. Enjoy?