Saturday, June 25, 2011

New Yawk, New Yawk!

Lawmakers in New York voted late yesterday to legalize same-sex marriage, making it the sixth and largest state in the U.S. to recognize the rights of gays and lesbians to marry their same-sex partners. The vote was an emotional and hotly contested one, as is always the case anytime the issue of gay rights meets a legislative body.


New York's Catholic Bishops issued the statement, “The passage by the Legislature of a bill to alter radically and forever humanity’s historic understanding of marriage leaves us deeply disappointed and troubled.”

 
In the end, the vote passed by a slim margin and New Yorkers (the 59% who supported the measure) and supporters across the U.S. celebrated the victory.

 
I spent the evening woo-hooing with friends (on Facebook, of course). It's always a great accomplishment when those in our nation can cleave together and recognize deep and highly-nuanced concepts. Like, you know, sometimes one human being falls in love with another human being and they want to shack up together. And wouldn't it be nice to have the same recognition and legal rights as all the other couples shacking up around them?

 
The right to marry makes it easier to access a number of other rights and benefits, such as inheritance, employment/health care benefits, medical power of attorney, life insurance, social security, taxation and let's not forget the right to divorce.

 
I've never understood the resistance to homosexuality. There are so many messed up things going on in this world of ours. So, so many. Why get worked up over two people loving each other? Isn't that what we're here to do?

 
Now, if you don't mind, I'm going back to celebrating with my friends. In fact, I'm so excited about this I may just switch teams and head east, if only so I can finally get a $%@!*# divorce.

 
Rock on New York. We love you.



17 comments:

  1. Im woohooing too! One step closer to equality for everyone! I have high hopes my brother will one day be able to marry the man of his dreams :)

    Hopefully Ms Julia G is paying attention and Aus will be next!!
    Sadly i dont hold my breath but we'll just have to keep on fighting!

    Woot Go New York Go

    xxx

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  2. Honestly. It's about time!
    Yay for love in all forms.

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  3. Step by step.

    Unfortunately, we could have had it in the ACT, but Federal gov overturned it :(

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  4. I honestly don't understand all the negatively surrounding homosexuality! Fine, so what if you are not attracted to the same sex . . . you are not being asked to be but you are being asked to accept the fact that some people are.

    I could care less who anyone marries, or how many people they chose to marry, as long is as everyone is of legal age and consenting . . . how is it in any way my business.

    Well done New York.
    Jenn

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  5. I quite like "Liberty's" new dress, very colourful.

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  6. It was a joy to follow this on twitter - gave me goosebumps. x

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  7. @ Tara - if we can pass it here, surely Aus can.

    @ Phonakins - stoopid govts getting involved in our personal business.

    @ Jenn - don't get it either, never will.

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  8. Yay New York! Let's hope a few more states and countries get the balls to follow suit.

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  9. Makes you realize that there is hope for this crazy, messed up world of ours after all.

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  10. Political opposition to same-sex marriage is a blatant example of the division between church and state not being as deep as it's supposed to be. I'm really glad that these pockets of common sense are starting to pop-up. I hope that it eventually spreads to Australia, but i fear that we'd need a significant change in government, at many levels, for any laws to pass.

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  11. Come on Australia, what are we waiting for?!

    I wish there was some way I could give my rights to someone else. I don't want to get married, it's no good to me!

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  12. Way to go New York! Now can California please do the same?

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  13. @ Trev - seriously, come on California (I'm not holding out hope for Kansas)!

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  14. The treatment of small children throughout history by the Catholic church has left me deeply disappointed and troubled.

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  15. Now if I can just get the Aussie government to do the same thing then I will be happy. As a parent of 4 adult children, 2 of whom are gay, it would be nice if they had the same rights as their siblings - don't ya think? Good on you New York. But did you know that same sex couples can not get approval to hook up if one of them lives outside of America? They only recognise hetro couples in immigration law. - sigh. My daughter happens to be in love with a Yankee - hopefully one day they can be together.

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  16. Woogsy and I are marching in Sydney on 13 August... go go go! x

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