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NYC 'Lights the Way to Justice' in Times Square


Last night I headed up to Times Square to find a warm and friendly crowd for a 'Light the Way to Justice' gathering to give witness to the coming events this week at the Supreme Court. Several hundred joined me including longtime activist David Mixner, Jane Clementi (Tyler's mother), producere Vance Garrett, activist Peter Yacobellis, and Cuomo aide Erik Bottcher.

It was a great start to the week ahead.

More photos and videos from the rally and march earlier in the day can be found HERE.



NY State Senator Tom Duane to Introduce Marriage Equality Bill, Push for Vote Before June

Marriage Equality will soon be back on New York's burner, the NYDN reports:

Duane Sen. Thomas Duane (D-Manhattan, pictured), the Senate's biggest booster of gay marriage, said he'll introduce legislation "within weeks" to legalize same-sex marriage - and will push for a vote before the end of June. "I think everyone is aware that we have to make the lives of New Yorkers better in every way - economically, as well as to provide equality to New York families," Duane said Monday.

Although a similar bill was soundly defeated in the Senate in 2009, Duane and other supporters believe Gov. Cuomo's support can finally tilt the political landscape. Cuomo, whose favorable rating reached a soaring 70% in this week's Siena poll, called for the legalization of gay marriage in his State of the State address earlier this month.

Yesterday, Cuomo's office announced the hiring of Erik Bottcher, a former liaison to the gay community for NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn. The newly created cabinet post of special assistant for community affairs, which Bottcher will fill, is seen as a signal of Cuomo's intentions to push marriage equality in the coming months.

NYC Council Speaker's Gay Liaison Erik Bottcher Makes Move to Governor's Office

Erik Bottcher, the LGBT liaison for NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, has been hired by Governor Andrew Cuomo in what some say is a signal that the governor is serious about his intentions toward legalizing marriage equality in the state.

The NYDN reports: Bottcher

Cuomo is naming Erik Bottcher, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's liaison to the gay community, to the newly created cabinet post of special assistant for community affairs.

"Erik's intellect and experience will be an invaluable asset in the fight to restore New York as the progressive capital of the nation," Cuomo said of Bottcher, who served as his liaison to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the 2010 race.

It's fair to ask whether Bottcher's appointment sends a message about how serious Cuomo is about gay marriage or whether it's just a nod to his liberal base.

Legalizing marriage could be a heavy lift: In 2009, the state Senate, then controlled by Democrats, defeated it by a clear 38-to-24 vote.


What exact role Bottcher - whose statewide work won't be limited to LGBT issues - and Cuomo play in this battle remains to be seen.

At a dinner for the Empire State Pride Agenda in New York, Cuomo committed himself to the fight for equality in New York state (VIDEO) and also mentioned it in his recent inaugural address.


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