Gay and lesbian couples can't legally marry in New York, but one organization hopes to change that with a massive call to action this weekend.
Marriage Equality New York, which has fought for full and equal marriage rights for same-sex couples for more than a decade, will host the 7th Annual Wedding March this Sunday. Without legal marriage, the group says same-sex couples are denied more than 1,138 federal rights and responsibilities, including those related to social security, hospital visitation and immigration, among others.
Historically one of the state's largest events to push same-sex marriage, this year's march begins in Foley Square with a rally and speeches, including remarks from Congressman Jerrold Nadler; Borough President Scott M. Stringer, Miss New York 2010 Claire Buffie and "The Real Housewives of New York's" Sonja Morgan.
After the rally, an array of dignitaries will help kick off the march over the Brooklyn Bridge in solidarity for equality for all New Yorkers. The March will display a rainbow of umbrellas as supporters bridge the gap of equal rights with this symbolic pride display.
What: 7th Annual Wedding March hosted by Marriage Equality New York City. Another 20 community groups sponsor the event.
Where: Foley Square; March is over the Brooklyn Bridge
When: Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010. Rally begins at 12 p.m. March kicks off at 1 p.m.
Why: To push for equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in the state