Richard Dorr, 83, and, John Mace, 91, are seriously the most adorable couple ever. And, after being together for 61 years, haven't they waited long enough to get married in New York?
This video featuring Richard and John is one part of comprehensive campaign to win the freedom to marry in New York this spring.
Leading organizations including Empire State Pride Agenda, Freedom to Marry, Human Rights Campaign, Marriage Equality New York, and New York Log Cabin Republicans have joined to form New Yorkers United for Marriage, an unprecedented alliance with the goal of enacting a bill before the end of the current legislative session.
While the issue of marriage has an added urgency for Richard and John because of their advanced age, they are just one of the thousands of couples wanting to marry in New York. Couples like Farid and George who are expecting their first child later this year. They want the protections accessed through marriage as a way to care for their family.
In 2009, a marriage bill was unexpectedly defeated in the state senate after passing the assembly. Things have changed since 2009.
A super-majority of New Yorkers now support ending marriage discrimination, LGBT and progressive groups are united as never before, several "no" votes from 2009 were booted from office, and popular Governor Andrew Cuomo has made passing a marriage bill a key item on his legislative agenda.
This week, the campaign kicks into high gear as the legislature returns from recess. Major business leaders have voiced the support for passage of a marriage bill, volunteers across the state are talking to friends, neighbors, and family to generate supportive messages to legislators, and key lobbyists in the state are working hand-in-hand with LGBT activists.
This is our chance to win marriage and end the long engagement of Richard and John. You can help.