Late June 24, 2011, the NY senate passed an historic bill legalizing same-sex marriage. I am not gay myself. I am in no way impacted by this vote, positively or negatively. Nonetheless, it brought great pride to my heart to see our society take a baby step forward toward social progress and equality. There are many things in this world that make us all facepalm. It is an amazing feeling to see something happen that we can look upon with pride and admiration.
Our country has a long history of discriminating against people who are different from us. People who we may have a difficult time understanding. Blacks, Irish, Jews, Native Americans, Chinese, Japanese, other Asian groups, Eastern Europeans, Italians, Latinos, Catholics, Muslims, and Women have all been discriminated against at one time or another in this country. Many of the same bigoted acts and statements made towards same-sex couples were made toward the above mentioned groups. History repeats itself time and time again. Thankfully with each new generation we always seem to get closer and closer to tolerance and acceptance of all people.
The fight isn't over. There are already groups around the country threatening to fight back. But we can all sit back and celebrate this victory.
Today I am proud to be both an American and a New Yorker.
Great Job NY Governor Cuomo, you stuck to your promise and fought to push this bill through.