Thanks, New York

Is this image offensive to gay people? If so, let me know and I’ll replace it with the photo of Ernie and Bert that’s been circulating through the tubes today. This was just the first thing to come to mind when I decided to commemorate the passage of New York’s Marriage Equality Act with a post. For what it’s worth, I wholeheartedly support this legislation, and applaud the effort that was exerted by New York Governor Andrew Quomo and others in order to make it happen. One just hopes that the momentum keeps building, and that we see this same happy scene replayed across the country again and again, until all of us, like it or not, find ourselves in gay marriages. Unfortunately, it looks as though this tidal wave of gay commitment is going to have to skip over New Jersey, though. Governor Chris Christie had the following to say on Meet the Press yesterday.

“I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. I am not a fan of same-sex marriage. That’s my view and that’ll be the view of our state, because I wouldn’t sign a bill like the one that was in New York.”

It’s probably worth noting that both Cuomo and Christie identify as Catholic.

As for Bush (seen above holding hands with Saudi King Abdullah), I think it’s worth reminding folks that he supported amending our nation’s Constitution to make gay marriage illegal.

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  1. Felix Champion
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    My new gay alias has no problem with this.

  2. Gene
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    pic is fine, even cute. really dreading EOS chiming in on this one, so i’ll just thank Senators Alesi, McDonald, Saland and Grisanti for allowing their views to “evolve”.

  3. Meta
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    From People for the American Way:

    Newly announced Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann over the weekend affirmed her support for a federal constitutional amendment which would enshrine discrimination in our charter document and nullify laws like the one passed in New York. Rep. Bachmann’s far from the only right-wing member of Congress who has not given up efforts for a federal same-sex marriage ban, but this isn’t 2004, and now WE have the people on OUR side. Polls confirm that Americans want same-sex couples and their families to enjoy the same rights as everyone. The momentum is ours and we know what we have to do with it: we must make Congress Dump DOMA, once and for all.

  4. Glen S.
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I do find the image offensive … but for a whole host of reasons which have to do with anything “gay.”

    Seriously, though, with New York’s passage of marriage equality, something like 11 percent of Americans will now live in states that are now one step closer to the U.S. Constitution’s promise of “equal protection under the law.” If/when the California Prop. 8 court case is resolved, that number will likely increase to something like 22%.

    With public opinion polls showing a growing majority now in favor of marriage equality nationwide (most especially among those under 35) it now seems that it will be only a matter of time before a majority of Americans will live in jurisdictions that perform (or recognize) same-sex marriages. As that day approaches, the discordance between the laws in different states will have to be settled somehow (likely with either a Constitutional Amendment or a definitive Supreme Court ruling) and it will be interesting to see how this affects the holdout states, which I presume will end up being in the deep-South and mountain-West, will react.

    For now, what I’m finding perhaps most interesting about the recent events in New York is the relatively low-wattage reaction from the Republican establishment. Unlike just a few years ago, when Republicans rode “anti-gay marriage” legislation to victories in states around the country, they seem (except for a handful of Tea Party types, like Bachmann) to be holding their fire, this time.

  5. Lance Granite
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    My new gay alias is relieved to see that you didn’t use the photo of Bush and the Abdulah kissing.

    Also, I agree with Glen. I think the Republicans know that there’s no fighting it at this point. Chalk one up for the Hollywood cabal.

  6. TaterSalad
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    1. Barack Obama says that “by 2016 or by the end of his second term, the U.S. would be a Muslim country.” Now we all know why Michele Obama told us the other day that 4 more years is needed.

    2. ” Jones went to one of his orphanages in Haiti after the massive earthquake there and met with a senior UN official, who said Obama had told him that the US would be a Muslim country by 2016, or by the end of his second term in office.” Victor Mordachai

  7. Elf
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Tater, can I ask where you attended school? I’m serious. I feel as though I need to know.

  8. Felix Champion
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Rhode Island just did it too.

  9. Meta
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    The Supreme Court has said that they’d rule on gay marriage. People are optimistic. George Will summed it up this morning when he said, “Quite Literally, The Opposition To Gay Marriage Is Dying”.

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