The New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union have issued the following statement regarding the bill pending in the New York State Legislature that would allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry.

The statement can be attributed to Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union:

“We have reviewed the entire bill, including the latest amendments, and we urge the Legislature to pass the Marriage Equality Act immediately. This long overdue legislation allows same-sex couples the freedom to marry and protect their families. The Marriage Equality Act also respects the right of clergy, churches and religious organizations to decide for themselves which marriages they will or will not solemnize or celebrate in keeping with our country’s principles of religious freedom.

“The time for political posturing and delay has passed, and now is the time for New York to stand on the right side of history.”

The ACLU and the NYCLU have a long history of protecting religious freedom.