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New York Assembly Votes 80-63 for Marriage Equality

Last night I had the tremendous privilege of watching New York Assembly members vote to bring the freedom to marry to all New Yorkers.

Even though last night's successful vote on marriage equality was the fourth such vote in recent years, Assembly members were keenly aware that this time their actions could very well lead to passage.  Why?  With 31 of 32 needed Senate votes now publicly declared in support of marriage equality, the legislation is the closest it’s ever been to becoming law.

With that in mind, one member of the Assembly after another rose to speak, often giving very personal remarks about his or her support for marriage equality. Assemblywoman Deborah Glick stated, "I've been discriminated against because I'm a woman, a Jew, and a lesbian … and it was equally wrong in all instances."

Bill sponsor Danny O'Donnell commanded the attention of the Chamber throughout the hours-long discussion. His passion, command of the issues, and sense of moral authority, and finally, his sense of humor, was powerful.  The years-long effort to pass marriage equality in New York would not be so close to be being successful were it not for the leadership of Danny O'Donnell. O’Donnell said after the vote, “Today, the Assembly has yet again put itself solidly on the side of justice and equality for all in New York State.… This action takes us one step closer to removing legalized discrimination from our law books and reclaiming New York's position as a leader in equality for our nation."

Thank you, Danny, for helping us make history.

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