The Senator made announcement recently at a benefit dinner for the Empire State Pride Agenda that was held at NYC’s Gramercy Tavern.
According the Associated Press; “Schumer’s change, some political observers suggested, stemmed from pressure to bring his position on gay marriage in line with the other officials, while coming at a time when support for same-sex unions is strong in New York. Also, it’s likely New York’s gay rights interest groups, which played a role in Democrats retaking control of the state Senate last November, were pressing Schumer to change his position. ”
Massachusetts and Connecticut have legalized gay marriage while New Jersey and New Hampshire allow same-sex civil unions. In Vermont, where civil unions also are legal, the state Senate passed a same-sex marriage bill on Monday. Here in NY State, a gay marriage bill passed the Assembly in 2007, although that’s where it ended.
In addition to supporting gay marriage, Schumer said he supported a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, which he voted for in 1996.
So what does this mean to us? We need to contact our State representatives on this issue – and urge them to support Marriage Equality. That said, we also need to take a moment to thank both Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for their support. This is important, as all of our representatives need to realize that there is a sizable community here in New York that is waiting to receive equal rights under the law.
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