Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito is celebrating tonight’s historic passage of marriage equality legislation in the State of New York.
“Today marks a truly historic victory in the struggle for equal rights for LGBT New Yorkers,” said Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito. “Lesbian and gay couples will finally have their love for one another recognized by our state and will be afforded with all of the benefits and protections that they need and deserve. Over the past few weeks, I have been so proud to stand side by side with Latino elected officials and community leaders in pushing for full marriage equality in our state. I want to thank the Governor and all of those State Legislators who supported this legislation, particularly Senator Tom Duane and Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell, Mayor Bloomberg for his efforts and all of the advocates and community members who have fought so that we could arrive at this incredible moment. I would most especially like to congratulate Speaker Christine Quinn on this momentous victory for equality and justice in our state, which was made possible in large part thanks to her tireless advocacy.”
In recent weeks, Melissa has helped spearhead efforts to highlight the Latino voice in this debate and to demonstrate the strong support for marriage equality within Latino communities.