Thursday, June 27, 2013

On the right side of history in NYC

I don't often get political on this blog, but forgive me for a moment as I mark something historic here now.  Yesterday was a big day for civil rights.  It was a big day for human rights.  I'm not going to go into details because most of you know what happened, anyhow.  The Supreme Court made a monumental decision and ruled that the DOMA act was unconstitutional.  You can read more about it here.

While there is still a lot of work to be done for same-sex marriage to be recognised in all states, this is an important step in the right direction.  It sets an important precedent.

As I was making my way from Newark Airport to my sister's house last night, the driver asked me my opinions on this decision as we drove through Christopher Street, past a huge crowd congregating on the streets outside the Stonewall Inn.  I often get uncomfortable engaging in political discussion with strangers.  My beliefs are personal and I can sometimes feel personally attacked when people disagree with me.  I can take it personally because my beliefs are so close to my heart.

So, I kept my response simple and clear.  Above everything else, a marriage starts with love.  Shouldn't two people who love each other and want to get married be allowed to do so?  I think so.  Who are we to say that the love between some people is constitutional while the love between others is not?  

As I observed the crowd last night, I knew that what transpired yesterday was historic.  And, I'm glad to be here in NYC to witness the impact of yesterday's decision.  I'm proud to be on the right side of history here in this place where the modern gay liberation movement was born.  For a second year in a row, we'll be here for the Gay Pride parade.  And, I can't wait.

***This is just my opinion.  I'm not trying to persuade you to agree with me or to debate the situation.  I appreciate that not everyone agrees with me, so I ask that if you feel compelled to debate this topic, please find another venue.***

1 comment:

Alma Boheme said...

woot woot! How great to be in NY at this time. I moved from there a year ago. We attended the pride parade every year.

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