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Representative Rob Walker voted against the Marriage Equality Bill. This
decision came after much internal struggle and a lack of will to vote
against his constituents. We met with a very nice representative who, after
some poignant conversation, felt comfortable enough to reveal a personal
story and ask for advice. It was then that I believe this staff member
began to really understand the importance of this bill and the substantial
social capital invested in the word marriage. Our government should be
responsive to the people, but in no case should the allocation of rights
and protections be left to majority rule. Mr. Walker’s staff member
listened to our stories, understood our argument, and promised to relay
our points to the Representative. I believe she will, and have a strong
suspicion that Mr. Walker might vote differently if given the chance.
The New York Right to Marry campaign is coming to a close. The Northern Route said goodbye to Utica, New York this morning and arrived in New York City not too long ago. Tomorrow brings a day of tying up lose ends, following up with the folks we met along the way, debriefing our experiences, and planning for the future. I’m excited to meet up with the 24 other young adults if only for a day.
As my van traveled through the North Country, we documented our progress and the stories of some of those we met along the way. Some of the Right to Marry participants already shared their thoughts on why marriage is important (here and here) and soon we’ll have the stories of New York citizens and couples to share with you too.
For now, here’s a look at our time up north:
Another round of interviews with Right to Marry participants talking about why they would like to see marriage equality in New York. Fellow rider Matt Hill Comer and I have been working on a video to document our travels in the North Country which will be coming soon.