A group of New York business moguls released a letter lobbying state legislators to legalize same-sex marriage. They argue the decision is not only fair, it makes good business sense.
The group includes the CEOs of Goldma Sachs, Thompson Reuters, Con Edison, and 23 other firms.
The letter is titled, “An open letter from business leaders on the importance of marriage equality” and argues that not allowing same-sex couples to marry affects the state’s ability to attract qualified workers.
As New Yorkers and business leaders, we believe that attracting talent is key to our state’s economic future,” the letter reads. “We strongly urge New York State to enact marriage equality legislation to help maintain our competitive advantage in attracting the best and brightest people the world has to offer.
Other notable signers include Jes Staley (CEO of JP Morgan’s Investment Bank), John J. Mack (executive chairman of the board of Morgan Stanley), and Daniel L. Doctoroff (president of Bloomberg).
This is an incredibly powerful video. It is long, but try to find the time to watch it in its entirety…
From Gay Rights Watch:
At around 3 am last night, New York State Senator Tom Duane, who is gay and HIV-positive, delivered a mesmerizing, emotional 21-minute speech on the Senate floor at the end of a marathon session in favor of a bill preventing people living with HIV or AIDS and receiving public assistance from having to pay more than 30 percent of their monthly income on rent.
The bill passed by a vote of 52 to 1. But not after Duane reminded people of the horrors of the early 80’s:
“Visiting friends in hospitals. We’d go in. We’d go in one night, in the morning they’d be dead. I’d bring them food. My family, bring them food. My friends bring someone food. But whoever was in bed would be dead before they could eat it. We’d leave it – maybe the nurses would take it home. No! They wouldn’t eat it! ‘Cause it’s contaminated. Contaminated! Wouldn’t touch it. Wouldn’t go into the room. Wearing masks. Gloves! Gowns! Someone gets sick in the afternoon. They’d be dead the next day. Dead! And that went on for months, and then years. Dead! Dead! You think if you got sick and your friends were dying that I would sit there and do nothing? No. But that’s what happened. That’s what happened. Every cold. Every virus. Every temperature. I thought I’d be dead, and so did so many people that I knew. Dead! You think you scare me? You think you can make be back off? Nothing scares me.”
Peter Staley writes of those living with HIV and AIDS: “There’s a Tom Duane lurking deep down in all of us, waiting to be heard.”
When he was elected in 1998, Duane became the first openly-gay and first openly HIV-positive member of the Senate.
In case you missed it!
Complete with a tribute to the late Michael Jackson 😉
According to CBS, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) have established a political action committee in New York to fight against any attempt at legalizing gay marriage.
NOM’s Executive Director Brian Brown stated the first $500,000 raised by the organization will go to financially back primary challengers to GOP Senators that vote for marriage equality. And,
“The first half million dollars will be used in GOP primaries, but we are also looking to aid Democratic candidates who want to buck the establishment on the marriage issue, and to help in general election contests.”
Now, why can’t they use that money to actually do something that is good for the nation? How many people could we feed or house with these funds? Just something to think about I guess…