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HRC Long Island Makes the Trek to Albany for Marriage Equality

The following post comes from Rebecca Tillet, co-chair of the HRC Board of Directors and resident of Long Island. Rebecca’s partner, Patty Ellis, is the co-chair of the Greater New York political committee.

HRC volunteers from Long Island woke up at the crack of dawn on Monday, May 9th, to get up to our state capital, Albany, for Equality and Justice Day, the annual GLBT lobby day organized by Empire State Pride Agenda.  This year our participation was more important than ever.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has made Marriage Equality one of his top three legislative goals for the session that ends in June, and Long Island's 9 state Senators will be key to winning the first-ever legislatively passed marriage equality.

HRC has 15 organizers on the ground around the state to ensure that Senators hear from their constituents.  With 58% of New Yorkers supporting full equal marriage, we need to make sure Senators hear from their fair-minded constituents.  On Long Island, an active HRC volunteer group of over 50 people joins with our organizers to involve their friends, families, colleagues, acquaintances and neighbors, generating hand-written letters, postcards and calls to the Long Island Senators.  Many of these local leaders made the trek to Albany and met with Senators and staff.  Pictured are: Dana Weiss, Carol Ebersol, Patty Ellis, Alex Martinez, George Geiger, Maria Fasulo, Carrie Nelson, Ed Seiter, Rebecca Tillet, Peter Daly, Glenn Hansen and Barbara Salva.

Phone banks, stop-and-calls, and events will continue on Long Island until we can celebrate marriage equality for all New Yorkers! If you’re in New York and want to get involved in making marriage equality a reality for all New Yorkers, contact Adrian Matanza.

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