Thursday, January 03, 2013

Left Side of the Aisle #89 - Part 1

Good news: three more states recognize same-sex marriage

I'm going to start with three related bits of actual good news from the area where most of the good news seems to come these days: same-sex marriage.

Just after midnight on December 9, Emily and Sarah Cofer were married in the chambers of a judge in Seattle, Washington, becoming the first to be married after that state's new law recognizing same-sex marriages went into effect. Some 200 or more same-sex marriages were performed the same day across the state.

More recently, on Saturday, December 29, it was Steven Bridges and Michael Snell becoming the first same-sex couple tying the knot in the state of Maine.

And James Scales and William Tasker got married just after midnight on New Year's Day when Maryland became the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to recognize same-sex marriages.

Nine states and the District of Columbia have approved same-sex marriage. It will take time to undo the damage done by the fundamentalists who have confused, frightened, and stampeded people into putting bans on same-sex marriage into various state constitutions - but I say with more confidence than ever that it will happen. That this is an area where justice will come and within a generation or two at the most, a same-sex marriage will seem no odder than a straight one and young people will wonder what all the fuss was about.

And that will be a good thing.


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