New York, NY —
As the State Assembly takes up Governor Paterson's same-sex marriage bill tomorrow, the annual trek to Albany for Lesbian, Gay and Transgender Equality and Justice Day has taken on new urgency.
More than 2,000 LGBT New Yorkers and their supporters are expected to board buses early tomorrow morning to push for the passage of a number of bills in support of gay civil rights - including the "Marriage Equality Bill". An identical bill passed in the Assembly in 2007 but died in the Senate, which was then controlled by Republicans.
The Empire State Pride Agenda's Alan Van Capelle says it feels like a historic moment in New York for gay rights.
VAN CAPELLE: We have witnessed the victories in Vermont and in Iowa, we are inspired by them, we are motivated by them, and we feel like at this moment we have the wind at our backs.
REPORTER: Van Capelle says a big focus of the trip is to lobby lawmakers who oppose the bills, or have yet to state their position.