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A Battle Worth Fighting 50 Times

June 14, 2011

There’s been a lot of talk in New York lately about a possible vote on marriage equality before the end of this legislative session, a legislative session, might I add, that’s slated to end just 4 short days from now.  If we’re going to pass anything related to same sex marriage and marriage equality in 4 days then we have a lot of work ahead of us, friends.

The thing is I’ve been through this before.  I was only a few weeks out of college and into my first job at a small non-profit in Boston, when marriage equality was secured in Massachusetts.  When I arrived at work, one hot summer morning, my boss told me to grab a t-shirt and head to the State House which was just a block away.  Crowds on both sides of the issue rallied outside and as the vote drew near marriage equality supporters gathered in a small overcrowded auditorium in the basement of the State House.  The air inside as votes were recorded was thick and tense, and it was so quite you could literally hear a pin drop.

This vote would decide the future of marriage equality in the Commonwealth.  Back in 2003 Massachusetts had legalized same sex marriage, and the vote that day was against a constitutional amendment that would have defined a marriage as between a man and a woman.  In the moment following the announcement of its defeat you would not believe the utter jubilation that occurred.  The auditorium had erupted in a standing ovation and people all around me kissed, hugged, cried and cheered.  I had been a supporter of marriage equality for years, but the pride I felt at that moment, was a moment that I will never forget.

Now, almost 4 years later, I’m here watching New Yorkers fight a similar battle. Only same sex marriage has never been legal here, and in fact it was voted down almost 2 years ago.  So what can we do to make sure it passes this time and marriage equality supporters get to have that moment all over again? Make sure you call (and write) your State Senators.  Need some inspiration? You can check out these pro-marriage equality action pages:

Family Planning Advocates of New York State

New Yorkers for Marriage Equality

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