(photo credit: the fabulous Randy Meyer)
A 42-year fight for equality culminated in a "Yes" vote tonight in Albany. Marriage is now an equal right to all New Yorkers. I wonder if allies for interracial marriage in 1967 felt as elated as I am in 2011?
Legal marriage allows 1,138 rights to couples that in 45 states are not available to the homosexual population. New York is no longer among those archaic statistics. Though I'm not a huge fan of the institution of marriage, I can't deny these one thousand one hundred thirty-eight reasons aren't a basic human right of all adults, certainly no matter how they were born. And let's face it, I did it myself for those same 1,138 rights - no stone-throwing here. Plus, I do love a good wedding...
As I sat in tears watching the clip above, I realized the love that I feel for New York and the pride I feel for being a New Yorker and the overwhelming happiness I feel for voting for Governor Cuomo. Then I read statements like this from Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and I feel such excitement for her and others in her position who finally have the opportunity to marry, have a real wedding not just a party, announce their affection for each other in ways that I've always had the right to do and quite frankly sometimes take for granted.
It still doesn't make me wanna put a ring on it per se, but I recognize the enormity of the rights I'm given simply by being naturally attracted to the male portion of my species (believe me - sometimes I wish I could dig the ladies; alas I'm pretty happily super straight). And I couldn't be more thrilled that my friends are now afforded these same rights. Marriage Equality takes action. Speak up if you want it. And if you're straight, be a straight ally in the fight. It requires a lot of us. Don't stand by idly and let injustice continue.
(photo credit: the fantastic Randy Meyer, again)