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Nixon, Cynthia (b. 1966)  
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Nixon has recently turned marriage-equality activist. In May 2009, she appeared with New York Governor David Paterson at a rally for marriage-equality. At the rally, she announced her engagement to Marinoni, remarking, "We could go to Canada, and we could go to Connecticut, and we could even go to Iowa, but we don't want to," she said. "We want to get married right here in New York City, where we live, where our kids live."

Nixon emphasized the importance of marriage by pointing out that even though Marinoni is a stay-at-home mother to Nixon's children from her marriage to Mozes, "if I dropped dead tomorrow, she would have absolutely no legal claim to them."

On October 11, 2009, Nixon spoke in favor of marriage equality at the National March for Equality in Washington, D. C.

In March 2010, she was honored by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) with the Vito Russo Award for her activism on behalf of marriage equality.

Also in 2010, Andrew Cuomo was elected governor of New York by a large margin. He pledged to make marriage equality a priority of his administration.

Nixon became a familiar face in the campaign to build support in New York for marriage equality. She appeared in videos and in the halls of the state legislature, tirelessly lobbying legislators.

Finally, on June 24, 2011, Nixon celebrated when the marriage equality bill was brought to the senate floor and approved by a tally of 33 in favor to 29 opposed, and it was signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

Nixon and Marinoni wed in New York on May 27, 2012.

Linda Rapp

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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Nixon, Cynthia  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
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