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Thursday, January 6, 2011

NY Governor Supports Marriage Equality

"Fairness demands that marriage equality become a reality now. New York has been surpassed by many other countries which have legalized marriage for same-sex couples including Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, South Africa, Norway, Sweden and Portugal; as well as by many states including Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Marriage equality is a question of principle and the State should not discriminate against same-sex couples who wish to get married. Without marriage equality same-sex couples, and their families, are unjustly denied over 1,000 federal and 700 state rights and responsibilities. For instance, spouses have hopsital visitation rights and can make medical decisions in the event of illness or disability of their spouse; employers offer spouses sick leave, bereavement leave, access to health insurance and pension; and the law provides certain automatic rights to a person’s spouse regardless of whether or not a will exists. None of these rights exist automatically for same-sex couples in the absence of marriage.

Therefore, I will fight to make marriage equality a reality."

New York at a Crossroads: A Transformation Plan for a New New York - Annual Message - State of New York [published version].

"We believe in justice for all, then let’s pass marriage equality this year once and for all." State of the State Address [spoken version].

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, January 5, 2011.

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