I recently wrote my New York State Senator – Ms. Velmanette Montgomery – asking her to support marriage equality in NY state and she replied with this:
Thank you for contacting me about the upcoming marriage legislation.
New York State has resumed the long overdue process of providing equal civil rights to all its citizens. This is not a political issue; it is simple, equitable justice. The right to marry as two people see fit is a fundamental civil right that should be enjoyed by all New York’s citizens. It cannot be limited by legislation. It cannot be denied to any to accommodate the limiting exclusions of others. It is simply the right thing to do. This is what I have always believed, my entire life.
In 1977 when my friend Gary Deane became the first openly gay man to run for New York City Council, Ruby Nottage (at the time a District Leader) and I worked on his campaign. We worked hard because he was our friend and would have been a terrific City Council member. His narrow loss was the first of many steps toward making sexual orientation a non-issue in the public arena. Today we are taking another significant step for equality for all New Yorkers.
I am looking forward to receiving an award from the Lambda Independent Democrats next month, an organization started by Gary Deane, Peter Vogel, and other friends. And I am looking forward to working with Tom Duane, as I have always done before, to see that the civil right to marry is finally available to all New York citizens. It is simply the right thing to do.
And when that civil right is finally law, it will be a wonderful day. And I am very much looking forward to it!
– Senator Velmanette Montgomery
And it’s official: I LOVE HER.
PS: The assembly was scheduled to vote on the gay marriage bill this week but the clusterfuck that is the MTA’s “budget” may delay the vote. Write your representative now!