NYC Pride Marchers Celebrate Passage of Marriage Equality Bill
New Yorkers who marched in the city’s annual Pride march earlier on Sunday, June 26, had two words for legislators who passed the marriage equality bill: Thank you.
Alan Van Capelle, former executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, specifically thanked Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he marched among the New Yorkers United for Marriage contingent. Many others who marched with the coalition held signs that read "Thank You Governor Cuomo" and "Promise Kept!"
"For many, it was a lifetime of struggles that has been realized," said Van Capelle.
Cuomo, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Gov. David Paterson, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell [D-Manhattan], Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson were among the current and former elected officials who marched down Fifth Avenue towards Greenwich Village.
Cathy Marino-Thomas of Marriage Equality New York had just left her daughter Jackie’s fifth grade graduation ceremony when the state Senate passed the marriage equality measure by a 33-29 margin. She watched the vote on her wife Sheila’s phone while pulled over on a Manhattan street. "It was a really intense and emotional day for our family," Marino-Thomas told EDGE before the Pride parade. "It was amazing to wake up on Saturday morning and feel equal."
Sheila Marino-Thomas added her daughter told her parents that the passage of the marriage equality bill was "the best graduation present she ever had in her life."