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Same-sex Marriage Victory in NY
Wedding plans are blooming, now that New York has become the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage. Couples who had talked about going out of state to wed changed their plans. Wedding planners anticipate picking up business. And churches that accept gay unions say they're looking forward to hosting ceremonies.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed same-sex marriage into law late Friday, shortly after the Senate approved the measure for the nation’s third most-populous state, with 19.4 million residents.
I have said over and over that same-sex marriage is a church and state issue. I regard this as a solid victory for the good guys, and a big fat loss for the Religious Right and the Catholic Church (get used to it). Morality has won a battle over religious oppression, and there are many more to come.
I'm not surprised because we, the good guys, will eventually win all these battles. Same-sex marriage victories are themselves symptoms of the rising tide of intolerance of religious bigotry, as well as support for secularism and the separation of church and state. In the coming years, same-sex marriage will become the norm, and the next battle lines will be drawn. We will win there too.
This is what happens when we speak, when we yell, and when we raise picket signs. This is all the result of activism. I would like to personally extend a hearty handshake to the activists who participated in this win.
By Dave Silverman