If there was any question that the state of New York is ready for marriage equality, let these new facts settle it. A poll from Quinnipiac University released this week finds not just a little support for same-sex marriage in the Empire State, but a whopping amount of support. As in, the highest level of support on record for same-sex marriage in the state’s history.
According to the poll, 56 percent of New Yorkers support the right of same-sex couples to get married, while only 37 percent oppose same-sex marriage. That’s a monumental gap, and a robust reminder to New York’s state legislature that the time to act on marriage equality is now.
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The names in this story have been changed to protect the women’s identities out of concern for their safety. Five years ago, Fatima was 23 and studying law in Lahore, Pakistan. She wore blue jeans and a loose shirt and sported short boyish hair. That was the first sign she wasn’t a typical Pakistani woman. She leaned in to share a secret she had revealed to only a few other people before: “I’m lesbian,” she said hesitantly. “I think I knew since a very early age,” she said. “It felt quite isolating, I feel. Like, I didn’t see people or kids around me feel the same way.” In an Islamic country like Pakistan, lesbians can be imprisoned for life. However, Fatima says, it is not the law that gays and lesbians fear — it’s family and neighbors, whom she suspects murder many gays and lesbians in honor killings.
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