Posted by Brad @ 1:04 am on June 25th 2011

New York

The number of gay citizens who can now legally get married has just doubled. Overnight.

There has been much about America I have been ashamed of since I first became politically conscious maybe 20 years ago.

The realization and normalization of gay rights is the thing, I think, of which I am most proud.


  1. And again, a legislative solution. When everyone with a stake in the battle is allowed to participate, it becomes far more difficult to complain about or to undo this kind of progress.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/25/2011 @ 11:36 am

  2. A legislative solution is always preferable. Never been any argument there.

    Comment by Brad — 6/25/2011 @ 1:56 pm

  3. Will Salaten has a challenging article up about how New York isn’t replicable in states that passed constitutional amendments by ballot initiative, even if they would want to, because they’re hamstrung by previous majorities that in many cases don’t exist anymore. Across the country opinion on gay marriage has changed so drastically, such that states where this is hitting the legislatures now are crating policies far more representative than those unfortunate enough to put it on the ballot in, say, 2002 or 2004.

    I don’t really buy the implication there, but it is interesting, for an issue that went from a 45-55 approval rate to 55-45 in just a few years.

    Comment by Brad — 6/29/2011 @ 9:39 am

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