A supermajority of all New York legislators is behind the Weprin/Montgomery Bill, with 101 co-sponsors in the New York Assembly as well as an historic 56-6 passage in the Senate.
It’s time. It’s past time. It’s a simple ask: equality for all adoptees. Let the people speak, because the people of New York are overwhelmingly in favor of A5494/S3419, which finally ends decades of discrimination.
Please share this post and post these images on social media and tag Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Let them know we have the votes to pass A5494. Demand that A5494 move to the Assembly floor for a full vote so that the people of New York, through their representatives, secures equality today for all New York adopted people.
As the New York legislative session counts down to its June 19 adjournment, these are the talking points to consider whenever you are in contact with legislators political leaders, or supporters.
- We Have Done Everything Possible. Everyone—advocates, adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, adoption professionals, family members, civil rights groups, legislators, the general public—has done everything they possibly can over the last 45 years to get this legislation passed. It is now up to Governor Cuomo and other key legislators to lead on this issue and to put equality over secrecy, fairness over deceit, and justice over politics.
- It Takes Leadership. It will take the political clout of Governor Cuomo to cut through the private interests of a tiny number of legislators who oppose the final enactment of A5494. Governor Cuomo listened to thousands of constituents in 2017 and vetoed a bill that was discriminatory. Those same voices, amplified now by hundreds of legislators and unequivocal bipartisan cooperation, are asking him once again to do the right thing. Make adoptees equal to all other New Yorkers.