June 4th, 2008

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SPECIAL ALERT - Call Gov. Patterson NOW!

I received this information in an email this morning from Marriage Equality NY <info@marriageequalityny.org>

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GET INVOLVED- Gov. Patterson is polling support for his marriage decision as opposition takes legal action!

Gov. David Paterson told state agencies on May 14 that New York must recognize same-sex marriages performed in Massachusetts, Canada and other places where they are legal.  The directive should provide gay couples with as many as 1,300 rights afforded to married heterosexuals, including the ability to collect health and pension benefits, being admitted as “close family” in a hospital room and transferring a business license.  

On June 3rd, a Christian legal organization says it has sued to stop New York from recognizing same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.  The Alliance Defense Fund says it filed its lawsuit Tuesday in a court in the Bronx. Several Republican state senators are named as party to the suit. The Arizona-based legal group filing the lawsuit has intervened elsewhere in gay marriage and religious freedom cases.  


Governor Patterson is doing a poll on whether people support his decision.  Take 5 seconds to lodge your support, just call 1-518-474-8390.  You will talk to a live person from the Governor's office during business hours.  

Just say "I support the Governor's position on same sex marriage," then give them your 5 digit (New York) zip code.

And, after doing that, join us for pride, for our annual wedding march in September (add it to your calendars), and donate so we can do more (like our "walk a mile in our shoes campaign" and our Albany event Monday of this week) to show these groups we will not accept anything short of equality!

Happy Pride!
The Board Members of MENY