New York has joined the ranks of states that permit gay couples to marry.
The news evoked some adorable reactions; namely, marriage proposals between long-time gay couples. People who have lived together for thirty years, essentially married, will in July be able to enjoy all the benefits of legal marriage. It might not change the relationship much, but it certainly indicates that the way queerness is thought of in the public sphere is changing.
Opponents of the motion predictably spewed some great sound bites upon hearing the news. Democratic Senator Ruben Diaz found himself concerned about human rights; namely, his own. "I'm sorry you are trying to take away my right to speak," he's quoted as having said. Because as we all know, the real human rights injustice at play here is the right of the homophobes to hate whomever they want. Don't you go treading on their God-given right to spew prejudice and injustice. How dare we silence those who are trying to silence a minority? Clearly, it's the heterosexuals we should be worried about.