Of course, this news would break right in the middle of my self-imposed “weekend off.” Murphy’s Law said it had to happen like this. Well, at least it was good news. lol…
If you haven’t heard by now, the gay marriage initiative passed in the New York Senate and was signed into law late Friday night by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. This was a hard-fought victory for LGBT activists, Democrats, and even the governor himself. This was one of the hallmark pieces of legislation he wanted to pass in his first year in office. And that he did!
New York will now become the sixth and most populous state to offer to marry same-sex couples beginning July 24. The Empire State joins Iowa, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and the District of Columbia in this distinction.
To all the naysayers … New York is not going to fall into the pit of hell next month when they start issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Everything will be ok. The other five states have disintegrated into piles of ashes just yet, as you can tell.
I’m proud of New Yorkers for standing up for what they believe in with this issue. Of course, the pro-marriage equality supporters had to “make it rain” in the campaign to get their message out. Lots of money was spent and several high-profile New Yorkers, including former President Bill Clinton, spoke out in favor of marriage equality.
It’s still going to take a swift move of the hand of God to get this accomplishment in some other states. Can you imagine the day gay marriage is legal in Mississippi or Oklahoma? Hmm .. me neither.