Daniel L. Squadron's posts related to Civil Rights

From the Floor and the Heart, Senators Make an Issue Personal

By Michael M. Grynbaum

ALBANY — Ruth Hassell-Thompson was a young girl decades ago when her older brother, a gay man, vanished from her deeply religious family, moving away to escape their disapproving father.

Ms. Hassell-Thompson, 67, searched for years, finally finding him in a village in the south of France. When she urged him to come home, he said that “my father doesn’t want to see me.”

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Gay marriage shot down, despite Brooklyn support

By Thomas Tracy

The New York State Senate failed to hear the call for gay marriage last week despite a wave of support from the Brooklyn delegation and an impassioned speech from one usually soft-spoken borough legislator.

During Wednesday’s vote, the Senate shot down the Marriage Equity Bill 38 to 24.

Vote tallies show that seven of the nine Senators who represent the borough voted in favor of gay marriage. The two holdouts included Bay Ridge State Senator Marty Golden, a Republican, and State Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brighton Beach, Mill Basin).

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Fighting and Voting for Marriage Equality

The past session in Albany was capped with a grave disappointment for me, as marriage equality was defeated on the floor of the Senate.  I voted, and argued, and fought for passage of the bill.  I am deeply disappointed that we did not win marriage equality this time, but I am committed to winning over my colleagues, bringing the bill back to the floor, and expanding equal rights to all New Yorkers. 

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Senator Squadron Statement on Marriage Equality

ALBANY -- Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon the Senate's passage of marriage equality:

Tonight, we made history.

With one small bill, we've changed the lives of countless New Yorkers.

As legislators, it's rare that we have an opportunity to vote on something with as personal and immediate an impact on our constituents as marriage equality.

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Park Slope Patch: Roll Call - Marriage Equality

"It's rare that we have an opportunity to vote on something that has as personal and immediate of an impact on our constituents as marriage equality," said Senator Squadron. "Living up to New York's values means providing equal rights for all. That's why I will fight to win over my undecided colleagues and make sure we get this passed this year."

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Advisory: Senator Squadron, Colleagues to Host "After 'I Do': What's Next for LGBT New Yorkers?"

 

Forum Will Bring Together Public Officials, Experts, Advocates to Address Obstacles Still Facing Married LGBT New Yorkers 

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velázquez, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblymembers Deborah J. Glick, Brian Kavanagh, Joseph R. Lentol and Joan Millman, Councilmembers Margaret Chin, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, and Rosie Mendez, and the Senate sponsor of marriage equality State Senator Tom Duane will host a public forum on the challenges that remain for married LGBT New Yorkers following this year’s historic passage of marriage equality.

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GENDA SPONSOR SQUADRON: TIME IS NOW TO BRING BILL TO SENATE FLOOR FOR VOTE AFTER ASSEMBLY PASSAGE FOR SEVENTH TIME

ALBANY—Today, the New York State Assembly has passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) for the seventh time. Senator Daniel Squadron, lead sponsor of the bill in the Senate, issued the following statement:

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