I suppose you’ve all heard by now: Hundreds of thousands of homosexual couples will soon have the opportunity to get married in the state of New York. This is all the more significant because it comes as a result of democratic action, no as a decision of the courts. It’s a significant mile marker on the way to the admirable goal of a more equal and compassionate society for people of any sexual orientation.
In 2009, a similar effort was defeated. A few years later, governor Cuomo managed to push it through the same Republicans that blocked it previously. If there’s one group of people in this country who had good reason to give up on politics, it is the LGBTQ community. Fortunately, they did not give up, and their efforts continue to bear fruit. It’s a good lesson for all of us who may be tempted to give in the the belief that it’s impossible to better our country through politics.