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“Ayes 33, Nays 29!” NY Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill!

June 25, 2011

With a vote of 33-29, New York State passed the Marriage Equality Act on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 10:31pm. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill shortly after at 11:55pm. I had been away from most media for over 11 hours yesterday and my mind was taken off the subject of marriage equality. I came home at 10:00 just to get ready to leave the house and go see a movie at 10:30, but something told me to stay instead. I call it fate that I was able to hear this exciting news only seconds after it had happened. You can bet that celebrations across the state have already been breaking out. This is the perfect month for Pride. Now, the law is not exactly in effect until 30 days from yesterday, but haven’t you ever heard of Christmas in July?

Couples across the state are proposing to their partners finally with the hope that they will be able to say “I do,” including Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, who renewed their engagement proposal as of last night night. It has been stated countless times before that because of this bill no New Yorker has lost anything. Equality is equality. If one side was hurt (in terms of rights) it wouldn’t be an equality act; it would be more along the lines of Proposition 6, 8, and 22 in California. There is still that right out there that says “If you don’t approve of gay marriage, then don’t marry someone of the same sex as yourself.” Who you marry is none of our business as who we marry is none of yours.

The battle (I don’t want to call it a war) isn’t over though. 44 other states (not including Washington DC) are still limiting or flat-out denying full marriage equality and, on top of this, Tennessee is prohibiting the acknowledgement of non-heterosexuality. Homophobic bullying is being overlooked in many schools and discrimination is still strong and kicking. We’ve got a long way to go, but for today, I will celebrating this great achievement!

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