Just before midnight on Friday 6/24/2011 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the same sex marriage bill into law. Normally I would congratulate New York and be done with it. I don’t live in the state and therefore their politics do not directly effect me.
This time it’s a little different though. Allowing same sex couples to get married in NY is a major milestone. Up until now the 5 states that legalized gay marriage were Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Iowa. (and Washington D.C.) Who are we kidding…none of these states matter. They are the Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald) of Sixteen Candles. Smart, pretty, but largely forgotten and unimportant. That’s all changed now. NY is Jake Ryan and he’s picked us up to celebrate with a cake! All kidding aside, New York is a leader and if you can make it there you can make it anywhere. The gay rights movement has been unsuccessful in prominent states when marriage has come up for a vote. Yes, I’m talking about you California. Hopefully this is a signal that the tide is shifting and more states will follow the Empire State’s lead. With the perfect end to the pride season, coincidently with New York Pride this weekend, show your spirit and celebrate. Yes we still have 44 states to go, but slow and steady wins the race.