Photo: Latino Commission on AIDS
The Latino Commission on AIDS celebrates the historic victory for justice with the long-overdue passage of the Marriage Equality Act, which will allow same-sex couples to enter into civil marriage in New York State. Removing the current barrier same-sex couple’s face in recognizing their relationships, protecting their families and obtaining essential benefits is a step forward in the effort to educate the community at large that equal rights are fundamental to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
We must make inroads to celebrate and affirm same sex relationships, for we know that recognizing the rights of same-sex couples will ultimately have a far-reaching effect in improving the health and lives of all New Yorkers. “We recognize the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the tireless advocates who helped make this important victory for equality, possible” stated Guillermo Chacón, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS.
The Latino Commission pledges to support any on-going efforts to promote equality for all. Through mobilization and educational activities, we can address homophobia and discrimination in our communities in order to achieve a healthier and safer New York.