Drop charges against the Queer Rising 5!
  • Petitioned New York County's District Attorney, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

This petition was delivered to:

New York County's District Attorney
New York County's District Attorney, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.
Advisor to the DA on LGBT Issues
Katie Doran, the Advisor to the DA on LGBT Issues

Drop charges against the Queer Rising 5!

    1. Robert Moore
    2. Petition by

      Robert Moore

      San Francisco, CA


New York State has finally achieved Marriage Equality! This historic accomplishment was helped in no small part by 5 Queer Rising members who put their own liberty at stake & performed civil disobedience to demand marriage equality.

On April 4th, 2011, five Queer Rising members (Robert Moore, Kevin Donahue, Melissa Kleckner, Natasha Dillon and Ali Lozano) were arrested after protesting for marriage equality outside Governor Cuomo's Manhattan office, demanding that he take more active role in pressuring Senators to vote for Marriage Equality - and he did! 

Now, the Queer Rising 5 face criminal charges and/or community service!  This charge uncommon and extreme.  In cases like this, it is common for the District Attorney to simply dismiss the charges completely, or to offer Adjournments in Contemplation of Dismissals (ACDs).  This time, for unclear reasons, the DA is taking an extreme hardline against these 5 activists who made personal sacrifices to bring marriage equality to all New York citizens.

Please sign the petition and tell Cy Vance, the DA, to drop all charges against the Queer Rising 5.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • rebecca Still PORT CHARLOTTE, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      It saddens me DEEPLY... to see how our Legal System treats it's people...The Law has been past..The Demonstration was peaceful. They have been arrested... they have done community service. Let them go. We have separated RELIGION from GOVERNMENT ...So why do we have to FIGHT or PROTEST this right at all????

    • Nancy Fox SANTA ROSA, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Why should i or any body stand in the way of other beings happiness? It is NOT our business to judge others, judge inward not outward!

    • Donna Leibin WEST HARTFORD, CT
      • about 3 years ago

      Please drop these charges. It's time for the DA's office to let go and accept that Marriage Equality has become a reality. Continuing with this extreme charade only makes them look petty and sad and hateful. Thank God for people like those in Queer Rising!

    • Rachel Gillespie LIGONIER, IN
      • about 3 years ago

      Love, Happiness, and Equality for ALL!!! <3

      • about 3 years ago

      Solidarity from one of the "Equality 9"! http://www.petitiononline.com/equal9/petition.html


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