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Bloomberg, Bruno, DiNapoli Push Marriage Equality
May 26th, 2011

A number of prominent politicos have sent out strong messages today in favor of same-sex marriage. Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave gave a major speech on marriage equality at Cooper Union today. He was joined by his niece Rachel Tiven who is a lesbian. Bloomberg again called for Senate Republicans to bring a gay marriage bill to a vote. “It is my hope that members of the State Senate majority will recognize that supporting marriage equality is not only consistent with our civic principles it is consistent with conservative principles. Conservatives believe that government should not intrude into peoples personal lives and its just none of governments business who you love.

Former Republican Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno told Fred Dicker on his radio show this morning that he favors gay marriage despite having stood against it for years. “It really comes down in my mind to equal rights for everyone because there are certain benefits that accrue to people who are united in marriage. So yes I support it, I think the time has come and I think that people have a right for their own expression,” Bruno said.

Finally, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli released a video with New Yorkers for Marriage Equality and stated his emphatic support for same-sex marriage.

Here are the press releases from New Yorkers for Marriage Equality and from DiNapoli’s office:

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has joined with the Human Rights Campaign to support marriage equality in the Empire State. In a new video for HRCs New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign, DiNapoli says, I believe in equal opportunity and a level playing fieldand that includes being able to marry the person you love. The video can be viewed at www.hrc.org/NY4marriage .

Were very grateful to Comptroller DiNapoli for joining the mainstream majority of New Yorkers who endorse marriage equality, said HRCs Senior Strategist for New York, Brian Ellner. Now is the time to get this done and let all loving and committed couples marry the person that they love.

DiNapoli joins New Yorks former top cop Bill Bratton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and every statewide elected official in supporting marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

A recent poll by New York-based Siena Research Institute shows a strong majority (58 percent) of New Yorkers support marriage equality. This support runs deep, including all age groups and demographics, including a virtual tie among Republicans and a significant plurality of Independent voters.

The New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign is centered on video testimonials from New Yorkers who support the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry. To date, HRC has released videos from NBA star Steve Nash, New York Rangers Sean Avery, Miss New York, Anna Wintour, Larry King, Julianna Margulies, Bill T. Jones, Sam Waterston, Christopher Meloni, Mario Batali, David Chang, Tom Colicchio, Lucy Liu, Bill Bratton and Rikki Klieman, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Former New York City Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins, Russell Simmons, Mark and Sunrise Ruffalo, John Slattery, Joan Rivers, Barbara Bush, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, Fran Drescher, Moby, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Julianne Moore and Kenneth Cole with more to follow in the coming weeks.

From the Comptrollers office:

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) today released a video featuring New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli expressing his strong support for legislation to legalize same-sex marriage.

Common decency, human dignity and basic equality are still in short supply in New York, DiNapoli said. Until the relationships of gay men and lesbians are respected and recognized by New York State, we cannot call New York a true democracy. Gay couples should not have to jump through legal hoops just to protect their loved ones and their property. New York should legalize same-sex marriage now.

Were very grateful to Comptroller DiNapoli for joining the mainstream majority of New Yorkers who endorse marriage equality, said HRCs Senior Strategist for New York, Brian Ellner. Now is the time to get this done and let all loving and committed couples marry the person that they love.

DiNapoli is a long time supporter of marriage equality and has repeatedly demonstrated his support since becoming comptroller in 2007. The New York State Common Retirement System recognized same-sex marriages conducted in Canada under the principle of comity, a legal doctrine that has been followed by New York State for many years. In September 2007, DiNapoli directed the Retirement System to recognize same-sex marriages conducted in any jurisdiction where they are legal.

As Comptroller, DiNapoli is sole trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund. He has consistently advocated for corporate recognition of same-sex partner rights in the work place and protection from corporate discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender. In addition, DiNapoli created a section of his Your Money New York Web site that provides lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) New Yorkers with essential resources to help achieve financial stability. The section offers access to reliable information on legal rights, on domestic partnerships and programs of interest to the LGBT community, and on other resources that can support individuals through tough economic situations.

For more information or to view the video, visit www.hrc.org/ny4marriage.

The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than one million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. The DiNapoli video is part of an on-going series featuring prominent Americans promoting marriage-equality.

By on May 26, 2011, 3:16 pm
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