Bill Perkins's posts related to Civil Rights

Senator Perkins Defends Marriage Equality

On December 2, 2009 the Marriage Equality Bill was put before the Senate for a vote.

Senator Perkins' Breakfast Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - January 15, 2010

On January 15, 2001 Senator Bill Perkins hosted the First Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin  Luther King, Jr. and Labor Breakfast at Campanile Restaurant in New York, City.

Special Guests

New York City Comtroller, John Liu  *  Lillian Roberts, DC 37  *  Senate Majority Conference Leader, John Sampson  *  Stuart Appelbaum, RWDSU             Norman Seabrook, COBA

Letter to President Obama

On February 23, 2011, Senator Bill Perkins wrote to President Obama to extend his sincerest congratulations regarding the recent decision of the President to no longer defend the draconian 'Defense of Marriage Act'. 

File: 
Letter to President Obama- DOMA.pdf

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Wedding of friends and constituents Lawrance Rodrigues and Frederick Bramfield

Last Friday Senator Perkins attended the wedding of his friends and constituents Lawrance Rodrigues and Frederick Bramfield who live in Harlem.  The well attended ceremony was held at Mr. Rodrigues' art gallery, Casa Frela. " This  is a great occasion for me," Senator Perkins told the couple, who had waited 25 years for the opportunity to marry.  "Sponsoring New York's Marriage Equality Bill, I hoped to give everyone the same benefits under the law. Lawrance and Fred's was the first LGBT wedding I've attended since our bill passed in June, but I'm looking forward to attending many, many more."

Wedding of friends and constituents Lawrance Rodrigues and Frederick Bramfield

Last Friday Senator Perkins attended the wedding of his friends and constituents Lawrance Rodrigues and Frederick Bramfield who live in Harlem.  The well attended ceremony was held at Mr. Rodrigues' art gallery, Casa Frela. " This  is a great occasion for me," Senator Perkins told the couple, who had waited 25 years for the opportunity to marry.  "Sponsoring New York's Marriage Equality Bill, I hoped to give everyone the same benefits under the law. Lawrance and Fred's was the first LGBT wedding I've attended since our bill passed in June, but I'm looking forward to attending many, many more."

Senator Perkins' resolution mourning the death of civil rights pioneer and federal judge Robert L. Carter.

On January 18, 2012 the NYS Senate unanimously adopted resolution No. 3025, sponsored by Senators Perkins, Hassell-Thompson, and  Duane, which mourns the death of acclaimed civil rights pioneer and federal judge Robert L. Carter.

Legislators Stand in Solidarity with 17-year old Trayvon Martin and his family and stand up against stereotyping and reckless actions.

Senator Perkins and Colleagues are Trayvon Martin

We are each Trayvon Martin. We are all black men, who because of demonizing stereotypes, are subject to the irrational hysterical response of people who maintain that we are intimidating and frightening. Gangs, police officers and individuals, are all subject to this societal fixation of seeing black men as ‘the bad guy.’