In California, “we” passed Proposition 8. In Florida, it was Prop. 2. Either way, it was a vote by the majority to curtail the rights of the minority. But Governor Patterson of New York understands the civil rights issue of the new millenium.
He is currently working to introduce legislation that the previous governor wasn’t able to get passed, which will enable gay couples to have over 1,000 rights that straight couples don’t have to worry about. More importantly, as we move together into a new and different world (pirates, depressions, nation-building, Spanish moral authority, etc.) it is even more imperative that the parochial and anachronistic suppression of rights which sounds more like what’s going on in Afghanistan than the United States be eradicated.
On the campaign trail, Sarah Palin liked to regale voters with her “small town values.” I personally think she should have said “small mind values.” The argument over whether two consenting adults should be able to enter into a social contract with each other doesn’t negate or affect my marriage, my union. If Palin’s like-minded folk (like her pick for Attorney General of Alaska) want to attack something, they should worry about the divorce rate among heterosexuals, and the out-of-wedlock births. Stop denying others the right to wedded bliss. Even though it’s not in the first ten amendments, as soon as the state begins running it instead of the church, the synagogue, the mosque, the ashram, whatever religious institution that lets you stand up in a pulpit and rail against gay marriage while condoning the death penalty, it became something that all American citizens are entitled to.
I, for one, am glad Governor Patterson can see that.