The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s Black gay
civil rights organization, expresses overwhelming disappointment towards the New York State Court of Appeals decision not to grant marriage rights to same-gender-loving couples living in the state of New York.
“This is a huge step backwards and a harsh slap in the face not just for marriage equality, but for the equality of all people living in the state of New York. However, we are not deterred by this ruling, only motivated by the challenge to encourage the New York state legislature to meet this moral imperative.” explained NBJC executive director, H. Alexander Robinson.
In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to allow legalized same-gender civil marriages. Four years earlier, Vermont
became the only state to offer civil unions to same-gender couples. However, civil unions are not federally recognized, hence the current push for marriage equality which would instantly provide access to an additional 1,138 benefits and a much strengthened legal protection over property, parental rights and health care decisions.
According to the NBJC, “The fight for equality for all people is by no
means over,” added its executive director, H. Alexander Robinson. “We
are mobilizing, strategizing, and preparing for our next steps to ensure
that all people of the state of New York regardless of race, ethnicity
or sexual orientation are allowed equal Constitutional rights.”