Friday, June 24, 2011

NY says "I do" to same sex marriage

Massachusetts recognition of same sex marriage 7+ years ago was a game changer which both inspired the GLBT movement and horrified the Christian Coalition. Since then several states have legalized gay marriage, but California's hateful Proposition 8 and a number of State Constitutional Amendments defining marriage strictly in terms of Man and Woman have proven to be bitter reminders that progress should never be taken for granted.

New York's recognition of same sex marriage breathes new life into the GLBT and marriage equality movement. First, the state of NY is home to more than 1 million gay men and women. Second, NY is the nation's 3rd most populous state and home to our country's largest city. This may not seem like a big deal, but think about the implications. By legalizing same sex marriage in NY, more gay men and women now have the right to marry than in all of MA, CT, VT, NH, IA, and DC combined. That means something and don't discount it. Its also why New York's vote will galvanize marriage activists and hopefully bring more money and attention back to California. I hope this will also pressure the US Supreme Court to address the issue.

How will New York's vote impact you? I'd like to hear from you.

4 comments:

SteveA said...

This is awesome news. New York is also looked at internationally as one of the greatest and most open cities in the world....and now it can be viewed as an even more open city - it's about time that New York lived up to itself!

WranglerMan said...

I am ecstatic over this news! No matter where I live, I'll always consider myself a New Yorker!

Such hope for the future!

thegayte-keeper said...

I am happy for NY

Kyle said...

Couldn't be any happier about this turn of events BosGuy. Having NY will help us tremendously as we fight for our marriage rights in others states. Six down forty four more to go. Well, then we need to work on the slow pokes around the globe,but let's not get ahead of ourselves. One step at a time.