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The Rashawn Brazell Memorial Fund aims to establish a sustainable tribute to Rashawn that promotes critical thought about the impact of violence and intolerance, particularly upon queer communities of African descent.

Through this blog, we provide action alerts, event postings and breaking news as a means of informing these communities in ways that enable them to combat racism and homophobia.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Gov. Paterson Says Marriage Equality Bill Will Pass in New York

Source: Rod 2.0

New York Gov. David Paterson says he expects to sign a marriage equality bill into law in the coming weeks.

Paterson says he expects the Senate to approve the measure. That would make New York the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage. The Democrat-led Assembly approved 89-52 its version of the marriage bill in May. The bill has been stalled in the Senate.

Says the governor: "No longer in New York' will same-sex couples have to worry about insurance coverage, being allowed to visit each other hospitals, or whether they will be guaranteed the same rights as other married couples under law." Paterson's remarks were cheered by more than 1,200 people at the fall dinner of the Empire State Pride Agenda.
The governor expects to place the bill on the agenda for a special Senate session in the weeks ahead. But there are concerns that a Senate marriage vote may be tied to deal to balance the Empire State's $3 billion budget deficit. "I don't think the issue of civil rights should be tied to the budget," Alan Van Capelle of Empire State Pride Agenda tells WABC.

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