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"I think discrimination has so many faces,"
Hernandez said. "Some of it is about doors clos-
ing in your face, but it's not always that blatant."
Hernandez said he has worked hard all his life
to accomplish his dreams, and he ended up on the
east coast because of a Harvard fellowship.
He said when he called his parents, who now
live in Southern California, and told them about
the lawsuit, his mother told just told him to "be
About a half-hour later, his parents called back
in tears telling him how proud they were of him
for taking all the risks involved in the lawsuit,
such as coming out publicly and professionally.
We're lucky to both have parents who've been
happily married for more than 50 years. Is it too
much to want that for ourselves?" Hernandez and
Cohen said jointly in a Lambda press release.
"When our parents got married, nobody had to
ask why — the reason was obvious," they contin-
ued. "Our reason today is just as simple and as
clear as our parents' was half a century ago — we
love each other."
Hernandez said after being contacted by
Lambda Legal, he and Cohen decided to go forth
with the suit because New York is their home.
The two realized they could go other places to
get a marriage license, but "this is where we
spend our money, spend our days, spend our
nights and have friends," Hernandez said. "This
is where I pay taxes,"
"The time is right," said Susan Sommer,
supervising attorney at Lambda and lead attorney
Susan Sommer, a Lambda
staff attorney: "There has been
a tremendous groundswell of
calls for same sex marriage.
There is a real debate going
on. It's a healthy thing, the dis-
on the case.
''There has been a tremendous groundswell of
calls for same sex marriage," she added, and sup-
port by government officials and residents seeing
couples marry in places like San Francisco and
The case was filed just after New York attor-
ney general Eliot Spitzer handed down an advi-
sory opinion that said New York law excludes
gay couples from marriage, but questioned the
constitutionality of those laws.
"There's: a real debate going on," Sommer
said. "It's a healthy thing, the discussion."
The case argues that denying marriage to
same-sex couples violates the state constitution's
guarantee of equality for all New Yorkers,
The case is the first of its kind to be filed in
New York since the Massachusetts high court
ruled that gay couples are entitled to full marriage
under that state's constitution.
"This is the whole enchilada. We seek, and
intend to win, full marriage for lesbian and gay
couples across New York — nothing more and
nothing less," said Kevin Cathcart, Lambda's
Daniel Hernandez, and Nevin Cohen, 42, said they agreed to be plaintiffs in the suit against the state of New York as a
way of bringing the gay marriage battle to their own hometown.
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