has bent once more toward justice.
(by Doctor Science)
As Andrew Sullivan says, "This is the moment that marriage for gay couples became irreversible in America." New York is too big, too rich, and too important for marriages made there not to be accepted elsewhere in the country. And the NY State Senate has a *Republican* majority, and the bill was promoted by a *Republican* NYC mayor.
It's been amazing to see such a massive shift in my lifetime, and especially in the last 10 years, as something that was once the stuff of the most iconoclastic science fiction went from imaginable, to thinkable, to almost politically possible, to inevitable. There is nothing I like better than to see people think and change their minds.
Republican Senator Grisanti, of upstate NY: "A man can be wiser today than yesterday, but there will be no respect for that man if he has failed to do the work."
A whole generation of people did the work, and although there was an incredible amount of organizing, advertising, canvasing, and lobbying, it seems to me that most of the work was done by just plain people relating to each other as human beings, saying "this is who I am."
Louis Marinelli, Jr., spent five years working to oppose marriage equality. He changed his mind because:
One article I wrote, towards the end of October, 2010 caught the attention of a blogger by the name of RJ, who writes on the blog AmIWorking. He responded to my article about the homosexual agenda with an article addressed personally to me regarding marriage equality. In short, his article had the miraculous effect of instantly putting things into perspective for me.I can't find the link to a conservative Catholic blog I came across during our last marriage go-round where the guy was arguing that marriage equality was bad because equality makes people be unnaturally uniform and boring, but I think he couldn't have been more wrong. Equality is the life-partner of Diversity, not sameness.
At that point, between what I had witnessed on the marriage tour and RJ's post about marriage equality, I really came to understand that gays and lesbians were just real people who wanted to live real lives and be treated equally as opposed to, for example, wanting to destroy American culture. No, they didn't want to destroy American culture, they wanted to openly participate in it.
Made by me, from the famous illustration by Mirko Ilić for The Village Voice
Or, to quote the tenets of the only significant philosophy to come out of a TV show:
The glory of creation is in its infinite diversity
And the ways our differences combine to create meaning and beauty.