Task Force responds to NY marriage vote

December 02, 2009

Inga Sarda-Sorensen
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force expresses deep disappointment in the New York Senate’s failure to pass a marriage equality bill today.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“This is a deeply disappointing day for New York and for the country. Passage of this critical legislation would have ensured that same-sex couples who live in New York and wish to marry there would no longer have to cross state lines to do so. Denying this fundamental freedom to same-sex couples and their families doesn't protect anyone; it simply places more families in harm's way and makes them more vulnerable to discrimination and hardship.

“We will never settle for second-class citizenship for our community, and will continue fighting until full equality is attained, and this includes marriage. Our community will ultimately prevail, because all across the nation, same-sex couples and their families are sharing their stories and their lives with others in a conversation that is transforming our country. That doesn't end today. If anything, it inspires and compels us to press forward.

"We extend our thanks to the senators who voted for marriage equality, to the Assembly for its passage of this bill, and to Gov. David Paterson for his staunch support of marriage equality. We also stand with the Empire State Pride Agenda and thank it for its tremendous leadership and dogged organizing for equality in New York.”

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.