Love Wins

And tomorrow is a brand new day.

Congratulations, New York!

EDIT: It seems appropriate to repost these photos, which I took in 2009 at a rally in Union Square for the victory we had tonight:

And because really, how can you not:

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  • http://cannonballjones.wordpress.com Paul

    Here’s hoping this starts the ball rolling in other states as well. I’m looking forward to reading the fallout in the press over the weekend, could be some interesting reading. No doubt Bachmann and her ilk will provide some amusement for us with their justifications for institutionalised bigotry.

    I must admit I’m actually in two minds about this – mostly I’m extremely happy that gay rights has overcome another obstacle but there is a niggling part at the back of my mind that thinks marriage is outdated anyway and we need to radically overhaul our conceptions of relationships. It’s the same as when the discussion of gay people in the army comes up – every time I make an unequivocal public stand against discrimination but there’s still the inner voice saying “Yeah, but why the hell do you want to be a hired gun for the government???”

  • http://www.unequally-yoked.com Leah @ Unequally Yoked

    My housemates and I are off to a gay bar here in dc to celebrate!

  • Rollingforest

    Maryland came within one vote of backing marriage equality recently. They will quickly pass the hurtle after the next election I think. Its Southern neighbor Virginia banned gay marriage with 57% of the vote with a constitutional amendment in 2006. I think that it will take only 5 years or so before we can swing the vote 8% in the other direction.

  • http://eternalbookshelf.wordpress.com (Ani) Sharmin

    Yay! This makes me so happy. The song’s great, too.

  • John Nernoff

    Victory over primitive bronze age bigotry and “God” given immorality is here. Thanks NY.

  • ArtyB

    Good job New York!!! Now all the narrow-minded bigots should note that change is inevitable. Life is change.

  • http://anexerciseinfutility.blogspot.com Tommykey

    I must admit I’m actually in two minds about this – mostly I’m extremely happy that gay rights has overcome another obstacle but there is a niggling part at the back of my mind that thinks marriage is outdated anyway and we need to radically overhaul our conceptions of relationships

    Paul, on a similar note, I put up a post on my blog about this a few minutes ago and while I am happy with the outcome, it should also be understood that gay marriage also means gay divorce, child custody disputes, fraudulent marriages, etc. Not everything will be all sunshine and roses, not that it should matter though.

  • kennypo65

    Paul, being a soldier is not about being a “hired gun for the government”. Despite the ways it has been perverted by the greed of some powerful persons recently, it really is about the defense of freedom. Freedom doesn’t mean a thing if some outside force can just take it away from you. As a veteran, I can say without fear of contradiction that I had the honor of serving alongside some of the finest men and women I will ever know. Soldiers believe in the ideals of their nation, and are willing to give their lives in the service of it. They are also willing to fight for your right to call them mere “hired guns”.

  • Vin720

    Paul, I find your view of the military disturbing. While you are entiled to it, remember it was ‘hired guns’ like Washington, Knox, Grant, Patton, and countless thousands who felt a calling to defend the very freedom you have to say what you say. How about a little appreciation for them?

  • Charles Black

    I’ll be surprised if the Liars for Jesus sorry I mean Christians don’t claim they were always for gay rights after all and always neglect to mention they were flaming bigots through & through.

  • http://www.daylightatheism.org Ebonmuse

    I’ll be surprised if the Liars for Jesus sorry I mean Christians don’t claim they were always for gay rights after all and always neglect to mention they were flaming bigots through & through.

    As will I, Charles, which is why it’s important that we document their views now. I’ve taken a copy of the PDF with the bishops’ announcement, and I’ll take screen grabs of pages announcing the news on NOM and other hate sites.

    As a side note, I’ve heard rumors that the bishops are thinking about excommunicating the Catholic senators who voted for the bill, or at least denying them communion. And personally, I hope they do. I want the church to make it absolutely clear that if you’re in favor of human rights and equality, they don’t want you as a member. The long-term effect will be just as described in this fantastic comment by Richard Wade on Friendly Atheist:

    Some day, not so far off any more, when the Shamans disapprove of something, society’s overall response will be, “So?” Not so long after that, the overall response will be “Who?”

  • Discoverer

    This news makes me so happy — let’s hope for a good domino effect here!

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    Vin720 wrote:
    Paul, I find your view of the military disturbing. While you are entiled to it, remember it was ‘hired guns’ like Washington, Knox, Grant, Patton, and countless thousands who felt a calling to defend the very freedom you have to say what you say. How about a little appreciation for them?
    comment #9

    I agree that soldiers are brave men and women who deserve our respect and our support, but I don’t really feel like the good people in the field have a lot of say about what they fight for — and I think the War That Bush Built is just the most recent troubling evidence of how easily our nation can be led into questionable conflict.

    I don’t know a lot about international policy, so does anyone know whether it would be workable to simply institute the most obvious definition of national defense, which is that soldiers would only ever have to guard our own borders? (surely there must be good reasons to send military aid to other nations, but I’m unclear about our track record in even that regard.)

    What would it take to live in a world without wars? Universal atheism? ;)
    And until then, what exactly would be the best way to run an army? Does it need as much work as our governments do?

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    Ebonmuse wrote:
    I’ve taken a copy of the PDF with the bishops’ announcement, and I’ll take screen grabs of pages announcing the news on NOM and other hate sites.
    comment #11

    This is a great idea! But do you have some way to certify that the text is in its original form! (somehow, the error-free nature of scriptural critique has to live up to a higher standard than scriptural interpretation…)

  • http://onthewaytoithaca.wordpress.com EvanT

    Meh, these people have little shame. Give it a few decades so that gay marriage can become ubiquitous and they’ll just change their tune and claim they’ve been singing that one since time immemorial (I wouldn’t put it past them if they turn up with biblical support for gay marriage). I’m not an expert on american religious behaviour though… how long did it take the Mormons to accept African Americans? That might be a good rule of thumb.

  • http://politicalgames.posterous.com themann1086

    I actually watched the final debate and vote passage last night; Senator Diaz, the only Democrat to vote against the bill, is a disgusting piece of work. My “favorite” part was when he was several minutes over the 2 minute time limit and the Lt Governor (who presides over Senate sessions) tried to get him to wrap it up, whereupon Diaz spent 5 minutes whining about his rights being taken away. Self-awareness: u no haz it

  • Alex Weaver

    What would it take to live in a world without wars? Universal atheism? ;)

    Universal laziness.

  • allein

    I learned something new a little while ago, which I don’t think I’ve ever seen brought up in all the various threads arguing gay marriage that I’ve read (I must be a glutton for punishment, as I get sucked into reading them every time). I’m currently reading Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick, about said ship and the Plymouth settlement. For all those who insist “Marriage is a religious institution and always has been!!!” -

    In accordance with ” the laudable custom of the Low Countries,” Edward [Winslow] and Susanna [White] were married in a civil ceremony. [Governor William] Bradford, who presided over the union, explained that “nowhere…in the Gospel” did it say a minister should be involved in a wedding. In the decades to come, marriages in Plymouth continued to be secular affairs, one of the few vestiges of their time in Holland to persist in New England. [p. 104]

    I live in central New Jersey, not too far from Staten Island, so this is all over my local news stations as well; I caught the beginning of the 10:00 news last night and they had a reporter in Greenwich Village in front of a crowd of people, some in costumes and stuff. Some people were standing behind the reporter giving the finger to the camera and saying “F**k you” (“the perils of live reporting,” as the reporter said)… not sure who exactly they were talking to…. I wish we could just legalize it at the federal level and move on. There are more important things we could be doing as a country than arguing over who people should be allowed to love and holding back something that is bound to happen sooner or later.

  • http://www.punkassblog.com Antigone

    What does love have to do with marriage? You can hate each other and be married, and you can be in love and not be married.

    This had to do with ending arbitrary discrimination for a legal contract. I’m thrilled that it happened, but this isn’t about love: this is about rights.

  • Charles Black

    @Ebonmuse
    Lets hope the bishops do excommunicate those senators that did vote for gay marriage.
    It helps expose the bigotry rife within the Catholic Church & Christianity in general.

  • Vin720

    I’m all in favor of letting gays marry. What’s the big deal? Now, at least in NY, they can find out what heterosexuals have known for a long time….marriage can suck! lol

  • http://www.whyihatejesus.blogspot.com/ OMGF

    Hooray to NY for joining the equal rights club.

  • Katie M

    What really stinks about having no Internet is that it makes me seem like a Johnny-come-lately when I say “Way to go, New York!”