Statement Regarding Mayor Bloomberg's Appeal of Last Week's Landmark Decision to Allow Same Sex Couples to Marry

We are deeply troubled by the Mayor's decision to appeal Judge Doris Ling-Cohan's landmark decision concluding that the right to marry the person of one's choice is a privacy right protected by the New York State Constitution. The Mayor made the bold statement that he is in favor of same-sex marriage, but then announced that he would be appealing the ruling. He would lead you to believe that his actions are protecting us from the disappointment experienced by those in San Francisco who were married and then had their nuptials annulled. He will suggest that we deserve to have this ruling appealed so that we may have a definitive answer. We do not deserve to have this ruling appealed and Mike Bloomberg does not deserve to be Mayor of New York City.

The Mayor insists that he will go to Albany and lobby on our behalf to change the laws that prevent equal marriage rights for all. If the Mayor had been such an advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, why did he refuse to even state his position on this issue until now?

It is particularly disturbing that Mayor Bloomberg had 30 days to determine if he would appeal the ruling and he decided in just one. Never did he meet with leaders from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to discuss the best tactic to achieve the basic right to civil marriage. Never was there an ongoing dialogue with those who have been working tirelessly for years on this struggle. It is our community that should be making the decisions of whether we are willing to risk being disappointed. We should have been part of the decision making process.

We are calling on the Mayor to let this ruling stand and to immediately issue marriage licenses to all New Yorkers regardless of gender!

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