Marry me, Gov. Paterson
New York Governor David A. Paterson announced at a press conference today that he plans to introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, The New York Times reports, and I couldn’t be happier with that man.
To clarify the subject heading, I don’t want to marry him, not with him as my direct object—I want him to marry my boyfriend and me (to each other).
After the two recent marriage equality victories (the Supreme Court ruling in Iowa and lawmakers overriding the governor’s veto in Vermont), New York does seem like a natural next step. And personally, as the state where I went to college and where my boyfriend resides, I would love to be able to prove this old post of mine wrong.
Governor Paterson came into power after former governor Eliot Spitzer resigned in disgrace after a prostitution scandal, and while I never paid Spitzer much mind while he was in power, I’m a huge fan of Paterson. Not only does he have a very clear, progressive view of civil rights, but as a legally blind African-American, he has the political street cred to draw parallels between the gay rights struggle and other civil rights movements without (almost) anyone crying foul.
In deference to the financial troubles of the print media in this country, I’m going to refrain from quoting the New York Times article heavily, but I can’t help mentioning one part of what sounds like an amazing speech by the governor:
Anyone that has ever experienced degradation or intolerance would understand the solemn duty and how important it actually is. Anyone that’s ever experienced antisemitism or racism, any New Yorker who is an immigrant, who has experienced discrimination, any woman who has faced harassment at work or suffered violence at home, any disabled person who has been mocked or marginalized, understands what we’re talking about here. We have all known the wrath of discrimination. We have all felt the pain and the insult of hatred. This is why we are all standing here today. We stand to tell the world that we want equality for everyone. We stand to tell the world that we want marriage equality in New York State.
For more, read the Times’ article.