In September, I wrote about NY government agencies recognizing same-sex marriages from other states. I was still skeptical even at that point about what moves NY would make in allowing same-sex couples to marry in our own state. In case y'all don't know, even though NY is seen as progressive and does vote Democratic, there are some very conservative (and bigoted) folks in this great big state!
In the last few weeks, as news broke about Vermont and Iowa allowing same-sex marriage, the local news reports focused a lot on the opposition of some public officials in NY to really push for this issue. There seemed to be a lot of back and forth about whether or not this was the right time to introduce any sort of legislation.
But, apparently, Gov. Paterson has decided to take the plunge!
"The time has come to act. The time has come for leadership. The time has come to bring marriage equality to the state of New York," he said in a morning news conference.
The proposed legislation would allow same-sex couples in the state to enter into civil marriages and enjoy the same rights afforded to heterosexual married couples.
I'm really excited that we're moving in this direction, but I do still wonder what happens to domestic partners who are completely committed to each other but just don't want to get married for whatever reason. According to the CNN article I linked to and quoted above, there are 1,300 to 1,400 rights extended to married couples in NY! Whoa buddy, that's a lot!
My guy and I have considered a few times not getting married at all. We don't really like the institution and we don't think that we need it in order to prove our love or anything like that, but we're also practical people and don't want to be without the benefits that marriage brings. (Oh, and if we lived in sin for the rest of our lives, I'm sure some family members would not be completely thrilled about it...)
But anyway, I don't want to be a downer and rain on the parade, let's just be excited and keep the momentum going. WOOT!
Note: Please forgive my post title, but it was the exact thing that ran through my head when I read "New York governor to push same-sex marriage bill" and basically every other paragraph after that heading. =)