Thousands of New Yorkers will take to the streets this Sunday and in October for annual marriage equality marches in four cities across the state.
Marriage Equality New York (MENY), a grassroots organization dedicated to securing marriage rights for gay men and lesbians, leads the wedding marches and ensuing festivals in New York City, Albany, Buffalo and Rochester. The events aim to raise awareness of the 1,324 legal protections denied to same-sex couples and their families as a result of a lack of marriage equality.
The New York City Wedding March, which begins in downtown Manhattan in Foley Square Park and continues over the Brooklyn Bridge, is a collaboration of more than 100 community organizations and leaders and includes a rousing rally and fun-filled festival. Now in its seventh year, the march historically attracts an impressive crowd of gay and straight New Yorkers who band together in an imposing display of support for equal marriage rights. The celebration following the Wedding March is hosted by Appolina Cruz and Tyra Allure-Ross, and features a lineup of three DJs and performance by Brian Kent, Justin Utley, Jenn Neuman, Jesse Luttrell, Youth Pride Chorus and the cast of My Big Gay Italian Wedding.
With recent Associated Press and CNN polls showing that a majority of Americans favor extending marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples, now is a crucial time to stand with your community and make the urgent need for marriage equality even more visible. Register today for the march nearest you by clicking one of the links below.
MENY’s Wedding Marches 2010