Marriage Equality Comes to New York
July 25, 2011 by Marty Rouse, National Field Director
Yesterday, the first day of marriage equality in New York, was a day I will never forget. I joined hundreds of New Yorkers outside the city clerk’s office in downtown Manhattan to celebrate the loving gay and lesbian couples who got married.
As couple after couple exited the building they received thunderous applause and cheers from all of us. There were tears of joys and the widest of smiles. It was as if we were all members of one huge wedding party.
At noon, I attended a marriage equality reception hosted by Governor Andrew Cuomo at the aptly named Dream hotel. On hand to receive the Governor's thanks were Senators Jim Alesi, Tom Duane, Shirley Huntley, and Steve Saland, NYC Council President Christine Quinn, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, and leaders of the groups that made up New Yorkers United for Marriage.
The Governor personally thanked HRC's Brian Ellner and each of the HRC field team members that were on-hand. "Thank you for all that you did to make this day a reality," he told our team.
Later, I attended a reception at the LGBT Community Center in Greenwich Village. As gay and lesbian couples held each other close and danced together for the first time as husband and husband or wife and wife, I teared up with the realization that only a few decades ago just a few blocks away at the Stonewall Inn, couples were arrested for the same thing; dancing together, demonstrating their love.
The power of love. The arc of justice. We have made so much progress and have much more to do.
Photos (c) David Jacobs/HRC
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