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Washington, DC – Today, despite the best efforts of the the New York State Assembly, Democratic Governor David Paterson, and 24 Democratic Senators, the New York State Senate denied marriage equality 24-38.

Statement from Michael Mitchell, Executive Director, National Stonewall Democrats:

“In New York, among the bluest of blue states, not one Republican Senator could muster the courage or integrity to vote to expand the protections of marriage to same-gender couples, an expansion supported by a majority of New Yorkers — a move that would have also brought millions of dollars into state coffers and New York’s struggling economy.

“For pro-equality voters in New York, and those around the country, the choice between the parties could not be clearer. New York Democrats led this fight for marriage equality, stood in the Senate chamber and gave moving statements in support of their positions, while New York Republicans could not even be bothered to justify their votes to continue the discriminatory status quo.

“Today’s vote also demonstrates that we must be critical in examining those in our own ranks. We cannot allow the Democratic Party to harbor intolerance or hatred of any kind. On a day marked by disappointment, at least now we know which Democrats need to be held accountable on primary day next year.”




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