If you remember from a while back, Gov. Paterson wanted government agencies to recognize same-sex marriages. For those who aren't aware, NY is not one of those states, and while most of the blogosphere was excited about the news that Gov. Paterson had taken this step, I was rather skeptical (being the New Yorker that I am, I suppose).

All I kept hearing was that other government officials were outraged that he had taken this step, saying he did not have the authority to make such a requirement of government agencies.

Well, what do you know, it's now official!

Gov. David A. Paterson was acting within his powers when he issued an executive order requiring government agencies to recognize same-sex marriages performed outside the state, a court ruled on Tuesday.

My favorite part of the article comes from Justice Billings herself, who dismissed the case:
“Furthermore,” she wrote, “when partners manifest the commitment to their relationship and family, by solemnizing that commitment elsewhere, through one of life’s most significant events, and come to New York, whether returning home or setting down roots, to carry on that commitment, nothing is more antithetical to family stability than requiring them to abandon that solemnized commitment.”

So I shall swallow my skepticism this time and celebrate this step forward. I hope it encourages others to move forward as well.


At Wed Sep 03, 08:56:00 PM YogaforCynics said...

Generally skepticism is the easiest course to take with politicians--particularly in New York where...can you remember how Spitzer was brought in like the NY Messiah? Then, I moved to Pennsylvania, half a year after that, as well as half a year after the state dumped one of the biggest fascist tools in the senate, Rick Santorum...so sometimes a little hope might be in order...though I'm still scared shitless about the possibility of McCain actually winning in November....

At Wed Sep 03, 09:58:00 PM Fourth Wave Feminism said...

It actually makes me sad that I just moved out of NY state. After the whole Spitzer kerfuffle, I was imminently impressed by Patterson's preemptive confessions when he sworn in--yes, he's done drugs, yes, he's had affairs, etc. And I was pleased, yet equally skeptical, when he made that same-sex marriage decree. And I'm thrilled to hear that it's now official. However, my hope is still tempered by the possibility that all this progress (slow though it is) could be yanked out from under our feet in November.

(BTW: send me an email--the link's on my profile page--if there's ever anything you'd like to contribute to FWF. You'd certainly be welcome!)


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