From the Morning Memo:

A coalition of LGBTQ organizations on Thursday will release a letter to top legislative leaders in the state Senate and Assembly urging them to pass a bill that would legalize surrogacy in New York.

The bill has gained some momentum this week as Gov. Andrew Cuomo told donors on Tuesday that he wanted lawmakers to make the measure a priority before the session ends next month.

“The past thirty years have opened doors to LGBTQ families that had never before existed,” the letter states, sent to Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

“Medical advances have made it possible for couples and individuals to build families in new ways; simultaneously, the success of the marriage equality movement resulted in deep legal protections for families headed by same-sex couples who have chosen to marry, including protections related to bringing children into their family. Unfortunately, New York’s outdated laws lag far behind most other states in protecting these modern families.”

Signing on to the letter includes prominent advocates and organizations: former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Evan Wolfson Roberta Kaplan, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Human Rights Campaign and the Stonewall Democratic Club, among others.

New York is one of three states that do not allow commercial surrogacy. Some women’s organizations and religious groups have raised objections to the proposal.

The state Democratic Committee on Wednesday adopted a resolution backing the surrogacy legislation, saying it would further the cause of “complete equality.”

Cuomo on Tuesday at a fundraiser with LGBTQ donors urged lawmakers to take the measure up as the session winds down next month.

“If this Legislature leaves this session without passing surrogacy, it will be a disgrace to the progressive tradition of the state of New York,” he said. “We need them to hear that loud and clear. Don’t come back from Albany and tell me how progressive you are if you didn’t pass the surrogacy laws and you should send them right back up to pass it, because their job isn’t done.”

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