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May 26, 2011


DiNapoli Supports Legislation to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage in an HRC Video

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) today released a video featuring New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli expressing his strong support for legislation to legalize same-sex marriage.

“Common decency, human dignity and basic equality are still in short supply in New York,” DiNapoli said. “Until the relationships of gay men and lesbians are respected and recognized by New York State, we cannot call New York a true democracy. Gay couples should not have to jump through legal hoops just to protect their loved ones and their property.  New York should legalize same-sex marriage now.”

“We’re very grateful to Comptroller DiNapoli for joining the mainstream majority of New Yorkers who endorse marriage equality,” said HRC’s Senior Strategist for New York, Brian Ellner. “Now is the time to get this done and let all loving and committed couples marry the person that they love."

DiNapoli is a long time supporter of marriage equality and has repeatedly demonstrated his support since becoming comptroller in 2007.   The New York State Common Retirement System recognized same-sex marriages conducted in Canada under the principle of comity, a legal doctrine that has been followed by New York State for many years. In September 2007, DiNapoli directed the Retirement System to recognize same-sex marriages conducted in any jurisdiction where they are legal.

As Comptroller, DiNapoli is sole trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund.  He has consistently advocated for corporate recognition of same-sex partner rights in the work place and protection from corporate discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender.  In addition, DiNapoli created a section of his Your Money New York Web site that provides lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) New Yorkers with essential resources to help achieve financial stability. The section offers access to reliable information on legal rights, on domestic partnerships and programs of interest to the LGBT community, and on other resources that can support individuals through tough economic situations.

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The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than one million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.  The DiNapoli video is part of an on-going series featuring prominent Americans promoting marriage-equality.


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