New York LGBT equality advocates from all over the state will on Monday descend on Albany to voice their support for marriage equality.
Over 1,200 participants are expected to attend this year’s Equality and Justice Day, the Empire State Pride Agenda’s annual advocacy day. The day’s activities – which include a rally outside the Capitol, workshops, and visits with state lawmakers – kick off at 10am with remarks by Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, Sen. Thomas Duane and Assemblyman Dan O’Donnell (the latter two who are both openly gay).
Equality and Justice Day comes on the heels of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s vow to push for marriage equality as part of his legislative agenda.
“With the leadership of a historically popular governor, an Assembly that has repeatedly voted in support of this agenda and rapidly increasing statewide momentum, this year marks the most dynamic opportunity yet for LGBT New Yorkers and their allies to tell their stories directly to legislators,” a Pride Agenda statement said.
Gov. Cuomo has said he feels optimistic that a marriage equality bill will earn enough votes in the New York Senate to pass during the remaining six weeks of the current legislative session.