Speaking of Proposition 8, I think it's important for gay families in New York (and in Vermont and in Washington D.C., and here in Iowa, etc., etc.) to remember that people are gunning for our marriages. You hear a lot about gay people mocking the institution of marriage. And yet it's not heterosexual marriage that's being mocked by gay people. You hear a lot about gay people out to destroy marriage. And yet it's not heterosexual marriages that have been constitutionally neutered by gay people. You hear a lot about gay people hating marriage. And yet it's not gay people who are attempting to forcibly and involuntarily annul the marriages of heterosexuals. Gay people are not using the court system to stop heterosexual people from marrying. In fact, it's just the opposite:
Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, said, “Constitutional liberties were violated. Today we are asking the court to intervene in its rightful role as the check and balance on an out-of-control State Legislature.You can read here how this group wants to declare the Marriage Equality Act null and void.
It is unfortunate that state senators chose to protect their personal interests, rather than the people they were elected to represent. Some of the players may have changed, but it looks like same old Albany game. It is time the curtain be pulled back and the disinfecting light of good government shine upon the Cuomo Administration and our State Legislature.
My point isn't be get all weepy or to stop the celebrating. But, we do need to remain vigilant. Gay families are under attack and it will remain this way for the foreseeable future. We need to support our political allies. We need to support our religious allies. We need to remain out and visible. And we need to encourage our friends and families to publicly support our families.
Our families deserve celebration. Our families deserve dignity. Our families deserve protection. We owe it to ourselves to prevent another Proposition 8.