GAY MARCH IN NYC THIS TUESDAY
N TUESDAY, MAY 26 IN RESPONSE TO
CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT'S SAME-SEX MARRIAGE RULING
ADVOCATES FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY WILL REAFFIRM
SUPPORT FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN NEW YORK STATE
AS GOVERNOR- AND ASSEMBLY-SUPPORTED BILL NOW FACES SENATE
NEW YORK CITY (May 22, 2009) -- Several thousand civil rights
advocates will march across Manhattan on Tuesday in support of
marriage equality in New York State and across America. The march
will follow Tuesday’s decision by the California Supreme Court on the
legality of Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment passed by
voters last November, which overturns the right to same-sex marriage
in the state.
Demonstrators will meet at Sheridan Square (7th Avenue and West 4th
Street) at 6pm on Tuesday evening after the California Supreme Court
decision. The peaceful march will proceed east to Union Square for a
rally in support of same-sex marriage in New York State and across
ATTENTION MEDIA: REPORTERS ARE URGED TO ARRIVE AT SHERIDAN SQUARE BY
5:30 FOR PRE-MARCH INTERVIEWS WITH MARRIAGE EQUALITY ADVOCATES AND
SAME-SEX MARRIED COUPLES.
"Whether the California Supreme Court decision is a victory for
equality or for homophobia, we will still march,” said Corey Johnson,
co-organizer of the protest. “And we will continue to demand
legalization of same-sex marriage in New York State.”
Before Prop. 8 was passed, 18,000 same-sex couples were married in
California. The Court decision will decide whether Prop. 8
invalidates these marriages, and whether all same-sex marriages are
outlawed in the state.
In New York State. Governor David Paterson has presented a bill to
legalize same-sex marriage. It recently passed in the State Assembly,
but faces resistance in the State Senate.
New York’s marriage equality groups (including MENY) are well
organized, speak with one voice and are committed to seeing the state
join its neighbors in passing marriage equality legislation this year.
A protest against Proposition 8 drew more than 10,000 marchers last
November 12 in Lincoln Square and Columbus Circle. A national day of
protest against Prop. 8 drew millions on Saturday, November 15, and
is recognized as the largest civil rights demonstration in U.S. history.
To stay informed about demonstrations for marriage equality in New
York and across the country, visit : DAYOFDECISION