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Marriage Equality New York INC

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Causes: Health, Reproductive Health Care, Reproductive Rights

Mission: Marriage Equality New York is an all-inclusive organization whose mission is to educate the public by raising awareness of the important right of all persons to enter into legally recognized gender neutral civil marriage with all the benefits and responsibilities that entails. Without marriage, committed same-sex couples are denied over 1,138 federal rights and obligations including social security, hospital visitation, co-parenting rights, estate tax, and immigration, just to name a few.

Results: We have had a vote in the Assembly that passed all three times it has come up and the past two Governors have vowed to sign the bill into law. Currently our main obstacle is the New York State Senate, as it came up for a vote in December 2009 and it did not pass. We have since gained 1 vote in favor of marriage equality and we are working, in conjunction with MENY PAC, to bring about change in the coming year.

Target demographics: We educate and build awareness of the inequalities of marriage for the LGBT Community within the LGBT community, with allied communities, and with our elected officials.

Geographic areas served: New York State

Programs: Marriage Equality Day in Albany The Annual Wedding March Pride Month Education District Community Organizing Program

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being involved with MENY has been an awesome experience -- I am so inspired by the level of dedication that the Board has toward marriage equality. They responded to my inquiry about getting involved within 24 hours, and have given me ideas and support for events in the Albany area. In the past 2 years, I've watch the focus of MENY activities spread from NYC to cities throughout New York State -- their District Community Organizers program gives support to anyone who wants to take initiative in their area.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with MENY for over 6 years and I have seen it ebb and flow through its growth process. The spirit of this organization is something that strives for a single issue to pass and is filled with the passion of community members who take on the roles of leaders. The Annual Wedding March, handled completely by volunteers,is a testament to the spirit of the organization. This march is the largest annual demonstration in the United States for marriage equality and it continually grows each year- reaching a new place and new people. Marriage Equality Day is where NYS residents go to Albany to educate elected officials on why marriage matters. They tell their personal stories of how it effects them. They are educated on the rights, benefits, privileges and responsibilities that the word marriage bestows on opposite sex couples, so they can convey this message to their elected officials. Also, they are supported by petitions, signed by our growing membership and broken into constituents of each district, to show elected officials the support we have from their community. These roles, among many others, show how community members, leadership, volunteering, and the spirit of change can infuse an organization and really become a legacy of change for a community, a state, and eventually a country.