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NYC ADA and LGBT Rights

 

The New York City Chapter of Americans for Democratic Action (“NYC ADA”) is proud to have been a strong, early supporter for full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Over the years, our leaders testified, demonstrated, joined coalitions and frequently were prominent in the fights for both New York City and State gay rights laws, the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Bill (“SONDA”), and for Marriage Equality.

 

We are currently lending our voices to the long-overdue Dignity for All Students Act, as well as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (“GENDA”). There is simply no excuse for harassment, bullying and other forms of bigotry to be tolerated in New York’s schools, work places and public accommodations.

 

Furthermore, DOMA, the Federal so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” must be immediately repealed! Whereas we are happy that New York has finally joined with several other states and the District of Columbia to recognize same-sex marriage, the fact that the Federal government refuses to recognize these legally valid marriages, denies the right to file jointly, to collect on one’s partner’s pension and social security death benefits, bars a gay US citizen from sponsoring his or her spouse for a green card and ultimately citizenship (when this is regularly permitted for opposite sex partners), etc. is blatantly unfair and violative of the US Constitution’s equal protection clause.

 

For more information on what we are doing on LGBT issues, and how you can help us take action to accomplish these worthy goals, please contact us. We would love to hear from you!



 
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