I was reading this week's New York magazine cover story on Jon Stewart last night, and I came across this quote, which I found poignant: "You could put a lot of things to a vote," said Stewart. "[But] either all people are created equal--or they're not. You're either buying into the original premise of America--or you're not." Stewart was talking about polls opposing mosques, but I thought the sentiment would be equally as relevant if applied to the question of marriage equality legislation in America.
Last year in New York state, an equal marriage bill failed by eight votes in the Senate despite having the support of the Governor and being passed by the Assembly. With this fall's election on the horizon and next year's anticipated legislative action, the Human Rights Campaign has just announced their new campaign, "New Yorkers for Marriage Equality," in the hopes of raising the public awareness of marriage equality and electing political leaders who are in favor of allowing everyone equal marriage rights. The campaign centers on video testimonials from New Yorkers who support the right of same-sex couples to marry, including Julianne Moore, Kenneth Cole, Tom Colicchio, Mayor Micheal Bloomberg, and Kevin Bacon. "We hope these high-profile New Yorkers spur every fair-minded citizen to make their voices heard on this critical equality issue," says HRC president Joe Solmonese. The staff here at brides.com hopes so too! To view the videos, head to hrc.org/NY4marriage. —Lauren Matthews, editor