Equality is the New Black

I started this blog to discuss fashion, lifestyle, good life, etc., not to discuss politics or my own beliefs on politics.

However, Friday night's bill that New York State passed into law legalizing same-sex marriage isn't political to me.  I believe it fits into the mission of this blog because it is a civil and human right, and frankly, long overdue.

I am proud to live in the great state of New York, and prouder that, just 2 years after the 2009 38-24 vote that overturned the legalization of gay marriage, we managed to pull it together.

New York is small in size (relative to my home state of Texas), but powerful in its influence across the nation.  We can only hope the ripple affect so many are predicting will be seen across the country, and soon.  I don't know how in 2011, same-sex couples in 44 states are still unable to marry in their home-states where their friends, family and children may attend.

Heterosexual couples have rights to marry, rights to divorce and exercise these rights freely.  I do not understand how these rights have never been available to our friends, our families, our co-workers or perfect strangers.  How did this happen and why has it taken so long to correct?  While I can only conclude that the reason for this is hate, I cannot understand the hate itself, or the underlying prejudice that forms such a stalwart feeling of superiority and need to judge and belittle another protected group that simply wants to be equal.

Thank you to the Democrats (save for one), but especially the four Republicans who pushed through whatever held them back in 2009, for taking a stand for marriage equality for all.  Moreover, I send a special thanks to Republican Sen. Roy McDonald, who so perfectly put it, "Well, f**k it, I don't care what you think.  I'm trying to do the right thing."

This movement came down to the very simple principle of doing what's right, and we did it.  Better late than never.  Go New York!


Anonymous said...

Something to be proud of as a New Yorker... Amen to your post:)


Staci Latham Cross said...

I hope California is next! Way to go NY! I love this post.

Matty Ice said...

Well said... It is absolutely a civil right and a well overdue one. Great post, Melissa!

Laurie Gay said...

Couldn't have said it better myself!

I love that you posted about this. I mean, I love lifestyle fashion and fun as much as the next girl, but don't mess with my gays.

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