Last month, our Governor David Patterson proposed legislation that would allow same sex marriage and many of us in Queens cheered. All New York families deserve to be treated equally under the law. Same-sex couples and their families deserve the 1324 rights and protections that come with a New York marriage license.
I support marriage equality in New York not because I want to change the definition of marriage, or because I don’t take marriage seriously. Quite the contrary, I firmly believe in marriage as a commitment to share life’s joys and sorrows with the person they love most. It pains me that my friends in the LGBT community are deprived of this recognition under the law.
Marriage is valuable because it creates stable, committed relationships, provides a means to share economic resources, and nurtures the individuals, the couple as a whole, and the children who benefit from the love and protection that only marriage can provide.
Good marriages benefit the entire community, and when viewed from this perspective, I can see no difference in marriages between a man and a woman, two men, or two women.
All people have the right to lead lives that express love and commitment, and this demands marriage equality for all New Yorkers! I sincerely hope that my representative in the State Senate supports the marriage equality bill, and will assist in bringing the bill to the Senate floor as soon as we have the votes.