Congresswoman Maloney Reiterates Strong Support for Marriage Equality

Mar 14, 2006
Press Release
NEW YORK, NY – Today Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) reiterated her strong support for marriage equality for same-sex couples.  In a statement to the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA) -- New York's statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and advocacy organization -- issued in connection with ESPA’s new advocacy campaign, Congresswoman Maloney said:

“The right of consenting adults to marry their loved ones is inherent in the ideal of 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' upon which our great nation was founded.  Anything less than full marriage equality for same-sex couples constitutes separate and unequal treatment."

One of just a handful of Members of Congress who support full marriage equality for same-sex couples, Representative Maloney has been a strong champion of LGBT rights throughout her career.  In addition to introducing legislation in Congress to expand the landmark Family and Medical Leave Act to include same-sex couples, among others, she authored one of the first domestic partnership bills in the nation as a New York City Councilwoman in 1986.