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04/23/2009

Start spreading the news. Seriously. This news right here. Spread it, New York.

by Jeremy Hooper

Two upstate New York papers, two pro-marriage equality editorials. First, Northeastern NY's The Press Republican:

Would they be so agitated over the marriage of representatives of any other two groups of humans? Not so long ago, few dared to cross religious lines to wed. Only recently have racial bounds been popularly erased. In the not-very-distant future, people will wonder what was so egregious about same-sex marriage that individuals' rights to happiness were so blatantly violated.

It's too bad this has to be an issue at all, but if human history has shown us anything, it is that biases die hard and slowly. This one will not die any more quickly whether government acts or not.

But the undeniable fact, as we see it, is that who gets married to whom is none of the government's business.

EDITORIAL: In same-sex marriage, government has no stake [The Press Republican]

And this from Syracuse's Post-Standard:

The National Organization for Marriage says the best argument against gay marriage is that "gays and lesbians have a right to live as they choose; they don't have the right to redefine marriage for all of us."

That reasoning has many happily married heterosexuals scratching their heads. How, exactly, would granting gays the right to marry adversely affect heterosexual couples? How would it weaken families?

A Civil Right: Legislature has no reason to delay on same-sex marriage [Post-Standard]

Now we just need to see our equality written on another kind of NY paper. With widespread opinions like this taking hold, it's not only a matter of when and not if, but also a matter of months and not years

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Aw, I love the Post-Standard. I was a journalism student in the Syracuse area, and I always looked to the P-S for ideas and inspiration. Huzzah for their awesomeness.

Posted by: Michelle | Apr 23, 2009 12:36:17 PM

Excellent, I live in the general area around where the Press-Republican is published, its a good paper. Our local TV affiliate endorsed the Vermont decision, too (specifically saying that they realised that they should get on "the right side of history"), and one of our Republican state legislators said she would vote for Gov. Patterson's bill. The times, they are-a changing, and I couldn't be happier.

Posted by: Sean | Apr 23, 2009 4:00:13 PM

With the recent news about Republicans taking a neutral stand on the marriage equality bill coming from the LCR's, (See the full story here: http://snurl.com/gh91r) and today's news that Democratic NY State Senator George Onorato is vowing to vote against equality and is even refusing to listen to his Queens constituents (pun intended) regarding the bill, I am beginning to wonder if the Republicans in NY are more progressive than the national Democratic leadership (See the full story on Senator Onorato here: http://snurl.com/gjju3)

Posted by: Jeff Hall | Apr 23, 2009 4:28:27 PM

I recently helped to organize my college's day of silence, and the local news station ran footage of the breaking the silence ceremony as well as interviews with some of the participants and organizers (myself included) as part of a pro gay marriage piece. Pretty good for "conservative" Western NY!
(We held our DOS this tuesday because we were on vacation for the 17th, so the timing was perfect)

Posted by: Claire | Apr 24, 2009 1:08:11 AM

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