Issues: Civil Rights

Statement of Senator Duane RE: Marriage Equality Vote in NYS State Senate

"Today’s vote against Marriage Equality makes me very angry.  Promises made were not honored.  The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, and all fair minded New Yorkers, have been betrayed.  I am enraged, deeply disappointed and profoundly saddened by the vote today.

December 2, 2009
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Serrano Statement on Marriage Equality Vote

New York, NY- Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) expressed disappointment that a marriage equality bill (S.4401) did not pass on the Senate floor today."I am deeply saddened and disappointed by the result of today's vote on marriage equality. This issue is a part of the ongoing struggle for civil rights in the United States, and I maintain that State government must take action.

December 2, 2009
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Sen. Schneiderman's Statement On Marriage Equality Vote

"This is a sad day for the state of New York, and a heartbreaking defeat for equality. But this fight is far from over.

December 2, 2009
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Watch the Senate debate marriage equality

Today, the Senate engages in an historic debate on S66003, a bill that would extend full marriage rights to all couples in New York. Login or Register to leave comment on the debate. Please note, all comments will be moderated in compliance with our Terms of Participation.

 

December 2, 2009
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Sen. Schneiderman's Statement on Court Decision Recognizing Same-Sex Marriage

“The Court of Appeals today unanimously rejected a challenge to New York’s ability to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. “Although this is a major victory for equality, the court’s decision only highlights the fact that so many New York couples continue to be denied the full legal protections that come with a marriage license right here in our state. I am optimistic that will change soon.

November 19, 2009
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Serrano Statement on Marriage Equality Bill

November 10, 2009

(New York, NY)-- State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) expressed disappointment that a marriage equality bill was not brought to the Senate floor for a vote today. "When we look at past civil-rights movements, there were always those who were on the wrong side of history by believing that changes in archaic laws would create havoc within our society," said Serrano.

November 10, 2009
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Statement by Senator Thomas K. Duane RE: Results of Maine Referendum on Marriage Equality

“Yesterday’s referendum to repeal Maine’s marriage equality law was a blow to the Lesbian, Gay,  Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, and indeed all those who believe in fairness and equality under the law. As in every struggle for civil rights, defeats are temporary – and so shall be this repeal in Maine.

November 5, 2009
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SENATOR PARKER CALLS FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY BILL VOTE

 

FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE SENATOR KEVIN PARKER

November 2, 2009
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith and Senator Valesky Attend Upstate Latino Summit

Discuss issues critical to Latino success (Syracuse, NY) Friday, Senate President Malcolm A. Smith and Senator David J. Valesky toured the 2009 Upstate Latino Summit where they met with various leaders of the community and discussed vital issues to ongoing Latino success and empowerment in New York. 

October 23, 2009
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September 24, 2009
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NY Daily News Daily Politics Blog: Why The Nix On Nixzmary Bill?

By Elizabeth Benjamin

September 12, 2009

Thursday was another late night at the Capitol for the Senate Democrats, but perhaps it wasn’t too late for a little payback, the DN's Glenn Blain reports.

Sen. Tom Duane, a Manhattan Democrat, cast the only negative vote against the so-called "Nixzmary Brown bill", which authorizes life sentences without parole for people who kill children in a “cruel and wanton manner.”

September 12, 2009
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3/11/2009: Women's History Month

Senator Huntley speaks about Women History Month

March 11, 2009
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3/11/2009: Women's History Month

Senator Huntley speaks about Women's History Month

March 11, 2009
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