Thanks to New Yorker howiewolf for posting this gorgeous pic of the Empire State Building lit up in honor of the passage of marriage equality in NY.
“I’m a NYer and the tallest building in my city is lit up like a rainbow in honor of equality.”
And this quote, from the New York Times, is especially poignant this evening:
The marriage bill, whose fate was uncertain until moments before the vote, was approved 33 to 29 in a packed but hushed Senate chamber. Four members of the Republican majority joined all but one Democrat in the Senate who supported the measure after an intense and emotional campaign aimed at the handful of lawmakers wrestling with a decision that divided their friends, their constituents and sometimes their own homes.
With his position still undeclared, Senator Mark J. Grisanti, a Republican from Buffalo who had sought office promising to oppose same-sex marriage, told his colleagues he had agonized for months before concluding he had been wrong.
“I apologize for those who feel offended,” Mr. Grisanti said, adding, “I cannot deny a person, a human being, a taxpayer, a worker, the people of my district and across this state, the State of New York, and those people who make this the great state that it is the same rights that I have with my wife.”
It takes guts to admit you were wrong. Kudos to everyone who has fought for marriage equality and those who had the conscience to question their right to deny another person this right.