The right of same-sex couples to wed became reality in New York state late Friday night after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the controversial Marriage Equality Act into law.
The Democratic governor signed the measure shortly before midnight, following up on a promise to put his name on the legislation as soon as he received it rather than wait the usual 10 days to sign it for it to become law.
Cuomo was put in position to act after the Republican-controlled Senate ended a week of heated protests and thoughtful debate by narrowly voting in favor of the bill 90 minutes earlier. (emphasis mine)
Oh, goody; the culture wars move up another notch…pass the popcorn!
I have no problem with this, other than the the problem I already had with this: please don’t tell me that “it’s about equality” canard. It’s about politics, and poking a stick in the eye of people of faith and, in my eyes, kinda/sorta shitting on the Constitution’s Establishment Clause.
“The past six months we didn’t work like we were Democrats and Republicans. We worked as New Yorkers,” Cuomo said at a press conference following the much-anticipated vote. “People of the state of New York were engaged in this session. They weighed in and they made a difference. Democracy works when people speak and the people spoke in volumes.
“This state when it is at its finest is a beacon for social justice. The legacy of this state was we were the progressive capital of the country. The other states look to New York for the progressive direction. And we reached a new level of social justice this evening.”
Oh STFU, Evil Eyes. First, Wisconsin frowns at your “The legacy of this state was we were the progressive capital of the country” shenanigans. Second, you claim, “Democracy works when people speak and the people spoke in volumes,” but we both know this bill would have gone down in flames (as it has pretty much everywhere else) if it was presented to the electorate as a ballot referendum. You can point to all the sundry polls that show folks are good to go with the proposition, and I’ll just say two words: Bradley Effect.
This isn’t about anything other than a word; a word no American government should ever have been allowed to use: marriage.
That word was once a possession of churches, chapels, mosques, and synagogues. But, as it ever does, Leviathan decided it wanted in on the action. And, as it ever does, Leviathan fucked it up.
I have not been able to get hold of the precise legislation that was passed last night, but I’d wager there are carve outs that protect against discrimination lawsuits that might be brought when, say, Patrick FitzMichael and Michael FitzPatrick walk up to the doors of St. Paddy’s Palace, and the doorman tells them to go pound sand.
There damn well better be such carve outs, because if there are not, this ridiculous bit of social engineering bullshit will get struck down by any sane jurist the moment such a lawsuit appears on his/her docket.
Stacy McCain: “New York Republicans,” IYKWIMAITYD.
- New York paves the way for same sex marriage/divorce (atextbookoflove.wordpress.com)
- New York Sixth State to Approve Gay Marriage in Win for Cuomo (Defeat for Archbishop Dolan) (queeringthechurch.com)
- New York Senate Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage (cbc.ca)