Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The New York Times Calls for a Vote on Marriage in Rhode Island

The editorial page of this morning's New York Times calls on Rhode Island lawmakers to vote on marriage equality in the state, and slams the legislature for allowing marriage bills to die in committee without ever seeing the light of day.

The Times editorial also leaves no doubt about where the paper's editorial board stands on marriage equality for lesbian and gay couples in every state.

"Same-sex couples deserve full equality under the law, and that includes the right to marry," this morning's editorial begins.

"For the last decade or so, members of the Rhode Island State Legislature have regularly proposed bills to allow same-sex couples to marry only to see the issue die in committee without coming to a vote," they write, going on to note that, "Proponents should redouble their efforts to propel them to the floor of both houses, where a favorable vote could help raise the issue in the national consciousness."

"Advocacy groups like Marriage Equality of Rhode Island are pushing for full rights rather than the separate-but-equal status of civil unions," the editorial board notes, adding that "They argue, correctly, that anything less is unfair."

The Times, one of the most widely read and respected papers in the country, has just endorsed full marriage equality.

Make no doubt that, in the wake of this morning's editorial, right-wing activists will flood the paper with letters of protest, using the same tired arguments to push for discriminatory laws against same-sex families. So it's vitally important that PFLAG supporters let the paper hear from them, too.
Consider sending a letter to the editor of the Times, at letters@nytimes.com. Be brief - one or two paragraphs are best - and remember to tell your personal story about why marriage equality is so important for our families. Also include your full name, mailing address, phone number and email address. And then, leave a comment here on the blog to let us know that you weighed in . . . and if your letter is printed in the Times, we'll send you a free PFLAG t-shirt!

The New York Times has taken a bold stand in favor of our families. Now, it's time for our families to support those who are speaking out for our best interests.