Apr 16, 2009
Press Release

New York – Today Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) joined with Governor David A. Paterson and other elected officials and advocates to announce her strong support for the Governor’s move to provide full legal recognition to same-sex marriages in New York State. In a statement released at today’s announcement by the Governor that he would be introducing a marriage equality “program bill” in the New York State Legislature, 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.

“I applaud Governor Paterson for his leadership and courage in fulfilling his commitment to fight for full marriage equality in the Empire State. I look forward to New York’s joining the ranks of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, and Vermont in helping to advance justice and equality for same-sex couples.”

One of a growing number of Members of Congress who support full marriage equality, Representative Maloney has been a strong champion of the LGBT community throughout her career and was one of the very first House Members to proclaim public support for the right of same-sex couples to marry. 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 the first domestic partnership legislation in New York State as a New York City Councilwoman in 1986 and was outspoken in her opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act that was enacted in 1996.