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Bill Clinton Joins the Fight for Gay Marriage Rights in New York

Cristina Romano, Assistant Blog Editor

58 percent. That is the number of New Yorkers who believe that gay and lesbian couples deserve the right to get married. Since the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) launched the “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality” initiative back in 2010, New Yorkers such as Fran Drescher, Joan Rivers, Russell Simmons and Lucy Liu have contributed thirty-second testimonials to HRC’s YouTube page. These celebrities join in the likes of politicians who also support the cause such as Senator Gillibrand, Mayor Bloomberg and former Mayor Ed Koch.

Now, HRC has another political supporter. Today, they released a new statement by former President Bill Clinton saying that he fully supports marriage equality legislation in Albany. “Our nation’s permanent mission is to form a ‘more perfect union’ – deepening the meaning of freedom, broadening the reach of opportunity, strengthening the bonds of community” Clinton said, “for more than a century our Statue of Liberty has welcomed all kinds of people from all over the world yearning to be free. In the 21st century, I believe New York’s welcome must include marriage equality.”

Brian Ellner, HRC’s Senior Strategist added, “What we’re fighting for is pretty simple…we want to make sure gay and lesbian couples have the freedom to make a lifelong commitment to the person they love. Nothing says family like marriage.”

The current legislative session in Albany ends in June and supporters of marriage equality are pushing for a vote before the session is finished. To learn more about HRC and what they stand for, visit their website.

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