Friday, June 24, 2011

New York Legislature Does The Right Thing (UPDATED!)

UPDATED with less-generic image (Empire State Building, all rainbowed-up for the occassion) courtesy ThinkProgress.

My two favoritest things: A victory for justice, modernity and sanity; and Boston coming in ahead of New York in things ;)

In all seriousness, congratulations to the Empire State for electing to enter the 21st Century. FUN FACT: This one state legalizing Same-Sex Marriage actually doubles the number of Americans in total who live in a marriage-equality state - an object lesson in why those red/blue map breakdowns are essentially worthless.

P.S. Does anyone have footage of JUST Sen. Ruben Diaz's apparently instant-douchebag-classic "this will destroy the world!!!" speech from the Senate vote they'd like to post for the lulz?


Paladin said...

I love New York in June, how about you?

Drunken Lemur said...

Thank you Staten Island, for not making me ashamed of being from you. That is if you were the reason it got passed of course.

KevinCV said...

Wow, this is great news. I'm looking forward to the day when Michigan joins the ranks of these states.

I just saw "Thor" today, too. You were right, Bob. Excellent movie all-around, especially Idris Elba as Heimdall. Also, Patrick Doyle's musical score was awesome as well, and totally made the film work. I'm definitely gonna find the soundtrack as soon as I can. All I have to say now is bring on "Captain America"! :)

biomechanical923 said...

I've been an Upstate New Yorker all my life. This makes me very happy to see.

I just hope the state supreme court doesn't try to un-do everything tomorrow like they did in California.

The Offender said...

I approve. I have never seen a reason for same sex couples to not be able to be married. Maybe this country isn't as insane for religious bullshit as I thought.

Dave from canada said...

I'll never get why this is so hard to do in the US.

In canada we had the debates, with the religious saying god would smite canada for it and the usual boiler plate crap. They complained, it was rammed through anyway and its been years and people just got used to it.

It's like the american electorate can't even look north to figure out what happens when you try these things.

David (The Pants) said...

This is fabulous news and I hope the other states can see past the "gays shouldn't marry because of my religion" nuts and evolve too.

Sam said...

Canadian Dave: There are quite a few of us that ask that very same question. Especially on the "gays in the military" business, where they argue things like "we don't know how it'll effect the cohesiveness and battle-readiness of the corps" and there are countries out there (similar ones too, like England, if I recall correctly) where that has already been done and nothing bad has happened. At all. WHAT MORE PROOF DO YOU WANT.

In any case, I just moved from NY to the warmer weather but colder acceptance state of NC, and I'm glad that NY hopped on with my home state of MA. Cheers, everyone!

Link3680 said...

I just have to say it... GO YANKEES!

And yes, this is glorious news.

TheAlmightyNarf said...

I commend New York for actually having their legislator pass the legislation to legalize same-sex marriage instead of their state supreme court just unilaterally deciding it so.

This is really what should be happening everywhere.

Benfea said...


Joe said...


You're making it sound like it was an open and shut matter up here. It wasn't. As usual, Parliament sat on their hands avoiding the question for years until the Supreme Court of Canada finally told them "the current law violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms--fix it." That was the only way important legislation ever happened in the Mulroney and Chretien eras.

Though for the edification of New Yorkers: Canada hasn't fallen apart yet. Then again, part of the reason we have same-sex marriage is because some churches started marrying same-sex couples. So maybe God's cool with it after all.