Thursday, April 16, 2009

Oh, Paterson, How I Love You!

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Governor Paterson gets it.

Gov. David A. Paterson on Thursday announced that he would introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, drawing on the soaring oratory of the civil rights movement to call on the Legislature to add New York to the four states that have already authorized such unions.

Comparing the status of gay men and lesbians with that of blacks, Jews, women, disabled people and other groups who were historically excluded from full political and social equality, Mr. Paterson said he would lead the movement to authorize same-sex marriage in the Empire State. “We have a crisis of leadership today,” he declared. “We’re going to fill that vacuum today.”

Anyone that has ever experienced degradation or intolerance would understand the solemn duty and how important it actually is. Anyone that’s ever experienced antisemitism or racism, any New Yorker who is an immigrant, who has experienced discrimination, any woman who has faced harassment at work or suffered violence at home, any disabled person who has been mocked or marginalized, understands what we’re talking about here. We have all known the wrath of discrimination. We have all felt the pain and the insult of hatred. This is why we are all standing here today. We stand to tell the world that we want equality for everyone. We stand to tell the world that we want marriage equality in New York State.

Equality. It's for everyone.

8 comments:

  1. Gov. Paterson does get it, God bless him. And maybe, since gay marriage states are closing in on PA, one day we will legalize gay marriage too! Man, I really hope so.

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  2. Oh, I hope so!

    Actually, that would require me to become a minister. I promised friends of mine that if gay marriage became legal in PA, I would do one of those mail order minister things so I could marry them. I wonder if I have to turn in my atheism if I do that?

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  3. "I wonder if I have to turn in my atheism if I do that?"

    Go Unitarian, they like us atheists.

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  4. i can marry people and not give up my atheism? sweet!

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  5. when i first heard about this, i actually cried a little i was so happy.

    go Patterson!

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  6. Damn it, I can't remember if it's legal up here in kanook land or not...

    Oh according to Wiki we allow it... I love my Father's country (Oh Canada)... still waiting on my Mother's country to catch up. (Oh say can you see)

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