As the tide is gently swaying towards equal rights for all to marry, the once grassroots organization, Marriage Equality New York now has a fairly good claim to the almighty dollar on its side.
As reported by Gay City News (1) the Marriage Equality New York Wedding March for marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples is “aimed at public awareness of the 1,324 rights and responsibilities currently denied to same-sex couples and their families.” That’s just laws for the state of New York; the federal statutes denied same-sex couples are another episode entirely.
Marriage Equality New York has been fighting for the rights of same-sex couples for more than 10 years but with this year’s march they are broadening out their scope vastly. Again, from Gay City News, “More than 100 community organizations are joining with MENY in planning and carrying out this year’s Wedding March.”
The split in their ultimate success in Brooklyn and in New York lies in Albany. Gay City New York reports that Governor David Patterson has introduced and had passed through the State Assembly a marriage equality bill. It’s made it out of Assembly three times, always to be shot down by the State Senate.
Marriage Equality New York has other marches planned in Buffalo, Rochester, and San Francisco and will just have to keep pressuring the parties that be until marriage equality can be had by all.