Last night, in a dramatic floor vote that ended at 10:30 pm, the New York Senate voted 33/29 for same-sex marriage. It's already been signed by Gov. Cuomo and will go into effect in 30 days. The New York Times has the story here.
Unlike most other state where same-sex marriage is legal, there aren't any residency requirements. Kelley and I could fly to New York next month, have a glorious party, and come home married.
We won't be doing that.
We had our wedding in 1993. It held no force of law, but much of love and community. We've been married in our hearts and in the eyes of our friends and family for nearly eighteen years. We're also registered domestic partners in the state of Washington with all the rights and responsibilities of a married couple--on the state level. So we won't be getting married again until it's meaningful on the federal level. And, as I've said before, this time there will be presents! And plenty of Champagne:
But, wow, people. New York! I can feel the tide turning... Happy Pride to us all!
ETA: Kelley's latest Clarion West Write-a-Thon piece is up:
We all like Coach Adler pretty well, but he is only about three years out of some swamp college in the buttcrack of Mississippi, and he talks funny. So we all thought he was saying Today we talk about mercy. Even me. It was possible: he gets us together after practice to talk about all kinds of things he thinks will improve us, from protecting our knees to the Seven Habits of People Who Read That Book. But although I still care about lacrosse, I don’t really give a shit about being a highly effective person, because what difference does it make if some stupid germ or whatever wait what is he writing on the board… [more]