Last updated on 2011.06.27
New York's legalization of same-sex marriage makes clear that this land was made for you and me and that nice gay couple down the block.
U-S-A! U-S-A! Please pardon my goosebumps.
Those cheers make clear that the dreaded "radical homosexual agenda" is really about the same radical idea that got our country started: that all people are created equal and share certain inalienable rights.
Republican State Senator Mark Gristani from Buffalo gets that radical idea:
I cannot deny, a person, a human being, a taxpayer, a worker, the people of my district and across this state, the State of New York, and those people who make this the great state that it is, the same rights that I have with my wife [New York State Senator Mark Gristani, quoted by Nicholas Confessore and Michael Barbaro, "New York Allows Same-Sex Marriage, Becoming Largest State to Pass Law," New York Times, 2011.06.24].
Now that's the liberty-loving Republican Party I love. (Gristani was one of just four GOP senators to vote aye on this bill.)
Pass the fireworks: we've got some celebrating to do... and, in 30 days, some really fun wedding receptions to attend in the West Village, out on Long Island, up in the Adirondacks...
"I feel like a full citizen." As should we all. U-S-A!