At New York Pride this weekend, New York Senator Chuck Schumer announced that his daughter Alison will marry her partner Elizabeth.
The Senator took to social media to proudly announce the engagement. In an Instagram photo, the Senate Majority Leader is pictured sandwiched between his daughter and her wife-to-be at the New York City Pride Parade, which took place on Sunday.
“Marching in the #NYCPride Parade has special meaning this year as I am marching with my daughter Alison and her wonderful fiancée Biz! #Happy Pride,” he wrote.
His daughter, Alison, is an executive at Facebook—fancy—and her fiancée, Elizabeth Weiland, is a graduate student at Columbia University. Sounds like a match made in smart people heaven.
Senator Schumer has been a long-time advocate for LGBTQ rights, having announced his support for same-sex marriage in 2009. “It’s time,” he told The New York Times in the late aughts, “Equality is something that has always been a hallmark of America and no group should be deprived of it. New York, which has always been at the forefront on issues of equality, is appropriately poised to take a lead on this issue.”
Since Trump was elected, Schumer has remained a stalwart supporter of the LGBTQ community, despite receiving criticism for being too soft in negotiating with the toddler-in-chief. Not long after the 2016 election, he penned an essay for The Advocate in which he promised to keep fighting for LGBTQ people and other marginalized communities.
“There are many fellow citizens — the LGBT community, immigrants, communities of color, women, our young people, Democrats and progressives of all stripes — who are profoundly worried about what the future holds,” he wrote. “I am not sure what will come next after so many fought so hard for so long to gain the right to say ‘love is love’ no matter what,” he explained, adding, “But I write to you today to say I will do all in my power to prevent any backsliding on hard-won rights and to push back against a national discourse that allows for anything less than a full measure of respect for all Americans and would-be Americans.”
No word on when Schumer and Weiland’s wedding will take place, but congratulations to the happy couple, and #HappyPride indeed.
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