Push on for Same Sex Marriage Bill as Advocates Form Coordinated Effort
By Pat Bradley
Albany, NY – Advocates are gearing up to get a gay marriage bill passed in New York State. Empire State Pride Agenda, Marriage Equality-NY, Freedom to Marry, and the Human Rights Campaign plan to coordinate efforts to pass a same sex marriage bill thru the formation of a new group - New Yorkers United For Marriage. Human Rights Campaign Senior Strategist on the Campaign for NY Marriage Brian Ellner...... (audio cut) Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director Ross Levi says the coordinated effort comes when the idea is favorable and has the robust support of Governor Cuomo....... (audio cut) Brian Ellner notes that while Governor Cuomo is a key player in their campaign, he's not the only high profile supporter..... (audio cut) Marriage Equality NY Board President Cathy Marino-Thomas says it's important to present a united front to get the issue passed....... (audio cut) The advocates say there has never been a better moment to pass a same sex marriage bill in New York State. But it will face opposition. NYS Conservative Party Chair Michael Long plans an intense effort to block the gay marriage bill's passage ..... (audio cut) The Empire State Pride Agenda will hold its annual Equality and Justice Day on May 9th at the Capital in Albany with coalition members.