On April 30, I wrote my representative in the New York State Assembly, Ms. Joan L. Millman, to request that she support marriage equality in New York State. Today I received this response:
May 13, 2009
Dear Mr. ————:
I am writing in response to your correspondence requesting my support for A.7732/S.4401, legislation that would allow individuals to marry regardless of their sexual orientation, introduced by Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell and Senator Thomas Duane.
I was proud to vote for the Marriage Equality Act when it came before the Assembly in 2007 and am equally as delighted to have been able to vote again last night for this necessary legislation.
As you are aware, there are more than 1300 allowable rights that accompany a marriage contract, rights that should be naturally available to couples without possessing a certificate of marriage. As we learned 55 years ago, separate is not always equal. It is my hope that this Act will pass the State Senate so that all who choose to may enjoy the rights and privileges associated with marriage, as sanctioned by the State of New York.
Thank you for your correspondence and sharing your views with me.
Joan L. Millman
Member of Assembly
Thank you for your vote Ms. Millman!
As I noted earlier, the Assembly passed the above bill 89-52. The date when this bill will be heard in the Senate – where the vote will be much closer – has not yet been determined.
As you may remember, I also wrote and received a favorable response from my State Senator, Velmanette Montgomery.
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