Tonight, the New York State Senate passed the bill allowing full GAY MARRIAGE in the state. This is incredibly significant for equal civil rights, because the precedence set by this passage could pave the way for other states to pass the same legislation.
The bill was passed with provisions protecting religious organizations if they wished to not allow gay marriage, or to refuse couples from using their buildings and/or halls for such celebrations. These provisions absolutely MAKE SENSE, because they are perfectly within their right to disallow such things under the proclivity of religious freedom. The provisions greatly helped the bill to pass, and the bill passed with bi-partisan support.
It hit me earlier today that this historic vote falls as the anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots of 1969 approaches. That this event is taking place now, on the eve of that anniversary, in the same state where it occurred, is incredibly moving.
I created the above image just as the vote was taking place. The moment it passed, it became my Facebook profile picture, and within minutes, many of my other friends started to use it as their picture.
Feel free to pass it around. And proclaim your love for New York loud and proud!
Happy Pride, indeed!