Denise (clead_fan) wrote in rochesterpeace,

1138 Federal & State Rights are HUMAN RIGHTS, not Marriage Rights....

Dear Friends,

Today New York's highest court decided by a vote of 4 to 2 that the
State of New York can discriminate against gays and lesbians and our
families by continuing to deny the protections that come with legal
marriage. It is now up to our lawmakers to right this wrong and act on
the will of the majority of New Yorkers and provide full marriage
equality for same sex couples and our families.

Tonight, our community and our friends will gather in rallies across
the state to let New York know that the marriage debate is not going
away and that Albany needs to act quickly to protect our families from
discrimination by passing a marriage equality law. We will send a
message to politicians who say they are our friends that this is the
moment we need them to demonstrate that their friendship is more than
just words. We will call on them to work with us in winning our
freedom to marry here in New York State.

Tonight, we also stand alongside religious leaders, union activists
and other allies who have been boldly advocating for our community
when few people would. Tonight, we will show New York that it's not
just lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who care about
marriage, but that it is also our straight family members, friends,
co-workers and neighbors.

Those who oppose our right to marriage equality want to push us back
into the closet. At best we are an annoyance to them and at worst they
wish we would disappear. They will view today's court ruling as a
victory, but our presence tonight at these rallies will let them know
in the loudest possible way how wrong they are.

I urge you to come out, bring your friends and family and stand with
thousands of other New Yorkers who demand full equality for same-sex
couples and our families. Below are the details for the seven rallies.
Please make every effort to attend the one nearest you.

With hope,

Alan Van Capelle
Executive Director

P.S.: To read more about today's decision, visit our website at


Albany/Capital District
Start time: 6:00pm
Location: Capitol Park (Washington Ave. & Swan St., adjacent to the
State Capitol Building)
Rain Location: Emmanuel Baptist Church, 275 State St.

Buffalo/Western NY
Start time: 6:00pm
Location: Bidwell Park (@Elmwood Avenue)
Rain Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Avenue
(corner of West Ferry & Elmwood)

Hudson Valley
Start time: 7:00pm
Location: Memorial United Methodist Church (250 Bryant Avenue, White
Rain Location: same location

Long Island
Start time: 7:30pm
Location: 34 Park Avenue, Bay Shore; march to Bandshell (Main Street
at Park Ave.)
Rain Location: 34 Park Avenue, Bay Shore

New York City
Start time: 6:00pm
Location: Sheridan Square (West 4th Street and 7th Ave., Manhattan)
Rain Location: LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street

Start time: 6:00pm
Location: Washington Square Park
Rain Location: First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 Winton Road
South (coming from 490 take Exit #20 Winton Rd./University; coming
from 590 take Exit #4 Highland Ave.)

Syracuse/Central NY
Start time: 7:00pm
Location: Hanover Square (Downtown Syracuse)
Rain Location: Hendrick's Chapel, Syracuse University


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