My stepdaughter just turned 21, & she's gay, & we live in New York. It's nice to know she'll live out her adult life having to explain to the generation after her all about how they won't have to deal with the sort of bizarre bigotry that said up until 2011, she wasn't allowed to marry the love of her life (or whoever she thought that would be until she got a divorce, just like not-gays tend to do half the time). I was only a couple of months old when Stonewall happened; now this happened. Most of the political developments over the course of my life have kind of sucked ass, but this... is pretty sweet.
Have to give kudos to Andrew Cuomo for this one. I still think he's an asshole. Don't even think this gives you a pass on union busting, brother. But for now, well done.
MAS. The fact that this came down to individuals and their consciences says everything.
With his position still undeclared, Senator Mark J. Grisanti, a Republican from Buffalo who had sought office promising to oppose same-sex marriage, told his colleagues he had agonized for months before concluding he had been wrong.
“I apologize for those who feel offended,” Mr. Grisanti said, adding, “I cannot deny a person, a human being, a taxpayer, a worker, the people of my district and across this state, the State of New York, and those people who make this the great state that it is the same rights that I have with my wife.”
The moral logic is inexorable.