The Empire State building goes rainbow!
On Friday, the New York State Senate passed a historic same-sex marriage bill that will allow gay and lesbian citizens to marry legally for the first time. Governor Cuomo is set to sign the bill into law. This good news comes on the eve of Manhattan's Pride celebration, where thousands gathered at Stonewall, the place where the LGBT movement began, to celebrate.
New York becomes the 7th state to legalize gay marriage after New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachuets, Vermont, Iowa and Washington D.C. Here in Colorado, marriage is still defined to be between a man and a woman, though a bill came to committee in the senate in February, 2011 that would have allowed civil unions. Unfortunately, the bill did not make it beyond committee, and testimony from anti-gay groups was full of malice and hate.
It is my sincere hope that this is the beginning of a national movement that will see gay marriage become legalized at the federal level, and the repeal of the DOMA laws, which prevent the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage, and conferring the rights of marriage to LGBT citizens.
Thank you for your continued support of the LGBT community. We have a long way to go for full marriage equality, but events like this show that change is coming!