Yet another reason to move out East has popped up on my radar: I can now marry gay couples there.
Well done, NY legislators and activists, and congratulations, all same-sex couples who wish to be married in the state! As many people are saying, 6 down, 44 to go.
While this is indeed a day to celebrate, I still have the whiny voice in the back of my head demanding to know why it’s taken this long to get this far—and why the majority of the nation still hasn’t legalized same-sex marriages. I have no personal gain at stake; like many other people, I am simply sickened by the injustice here, by the legalized prejudice and predominance of bigotry across our country.
With people like Sally Kern making the laws, and people like the man who didn’t want me to marry him and his girlfriend because I support same-sex marriage voting for such candidates, it’s not an encouraging picture overall. (For the record, sir, I never would have married you two, since I don’t marry people who abuse or cheat on their partners, which you did, and do.) And this piece of legislation, though encouraging and wonderful and giddy feeling-inducing, was very narrowly passed as well, at 33-29.
Still, New York is a big state and a big deal; after all, people say that if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. So perhaps the same will soon be said of same-sex marriage. I’d love to see it hit each state in a rippling domino effect.
I only hope that each and every state continues to work toward equality between all people, no matter their sexual orientation. I know I will in the Midwest and I encourage you all do to the same.
In the meantime, let’s celebrate this day while it’s here—go New York!