Gay Marriage – A Priority For Immigrants? (HispanicallySpeakingNews)
Governor Andrew Cuomo, during his first state of the state address, called for “justice for all” through the passage of a marriage equality bill this year. A majority of New Yorkers now favor equal rights for gay couples—a recent Sienna Poll shows a 12-point margin in support of same-sex marriage in every region of the state. Is it inevitable that lesbian and gay New Yorkers will soon have the freedom to wed?
The Empire Pride State Agenda (EPSA), a leading advocate for gay marriage in New York, is cautiously optimistic. “There is a clear and credible path to victory this year,” said George Simpson, the group’s communications coordinator. In addition to support from the new governor, Simpson says it’s a good sign that Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has indicated his openness to a conscience vote, which bodes well for gay marriage legislation. But Simpson hedged his bets, admitting that there will be several challenges ahead.
“It will take a lot of hard work to achieve marriage equality in New York State this year. It’s always difficult to predict when a vote on anything will happen in Albany,” Simpson said. In addition, gay marriage advocates are up against an unanticipated nine billion dollar budget deficit, challenging economic times, and the dysfunction of Albany.
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