Thursday, May 14, 2009
Simply asking for our due
E-mailed to the New York State Senate this afternoon:
Honorable Ladies and Gentlemen of the New York State Senate:
With the decision to sign into law the New Hampshire Marriage Equality bill, Governor Lynch demonstrates that civil marriage equity is indeed possible to achieve with protections for religious institutions and organizations with religious affiliations.
Through specific wording of these bills, New Hampshire - along with Vermont and Connecticut - can bridge the divide and enact marriage equality in their states with no exposure to religious institutions.
I encourage you to consider your position on a similar law passing in New York State.
The LGBT community works here, lives here, and pays taxes here. Some of us have children who attend school here and many volunteer in our communities.
All we're asking for is an equal footing in protecting those we love and being able to enjoy the same civil and legal benefits accorded to others.
We do not wish to change religious thought or redefine religious definitions of marriage. What we want is simply to be recognized as equal citizens of this great state.
I urge you - consider the actions of these other wise bodies. And consider your vote with your heart and your conscience.
Thank you for your consideration and for your leadership.