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Breaking News – New York Gets Gay Marriage And World Doesn’t End!

Updated on July 24, 2011
Here's to enlightenment!
Here's to enlightenment!

New York gays began getting married last night at midnight and guess what? So far the heavens haven’t opened to swallow the world whole nor have terrorists begun to attack the city in what so many (especially those on HubPages) claimed would be the inevitable result of allowing gays to have the same rights as straightees here in America (where all men are supposed to be created equal). Breaking News – New York Gets Gay Marriage And World Doesn’t End!!

Now I realize that many are going to say that the fires of hell are just being stoked at this point. That they have not yet had the opportunity to reach their optimum Sodom and Gomorrah boiling point temperature and that it’s only a matter of time before we see New York falling into the ocean with the Statue Of Liberty standing in the harbor shaking her head and shedding a tear but for those of you who think this way, I’m sorry to say that I think you have a long wait for any of these types of tragedies of biblical proportion to happen.

Again I’m drawn not to the fact that some religious zealots are worried about civilization according to their “good book” but just how much energy, time and money are wasted trying to legislate love. Think of all the money both sides of this issue spend and then think about the homeless, jobless and the fact that we have our local and federal government spending hours and hours on this instead of solving real problems.

Here’s a short list of what I think we should all be worrying about more than gays having the right to marry. When America has stopped really producing products where will the jobs of tomorrow come from? When Americans (not just kids but their parents) think American Idol is a better career path than education (and more money is spent on reality television than education in this country) who will be equipped to run this country moving forward? Why do we spend more time worrying about people being in this country “illegally” and figuring out how to ship them “home” instead of finding a responsible way to get them into our country’s systems and have them start paying taxes to help the country? There are literally so many things that America needs to figure out at this point that I really feel as though we should be putting all our resources toward the issues above but hey, maybe it’s just me.

As I’ve stated numerous times before, I don’t care about shoes and rice, I just want the same rights as my straightee counterparts in a country that is supposed to guarantee me those rights. I’m thrilled that it looks as though Don’t Ask Don’t Tell will soon be something just for the history books. And while I’m delighted for all those gay couples in New York getting the right to marry I worry that something like what happened in California with Proposition 8 may be a possibility too. You see, if we gays have learned nothing, it’s that we need to be cautiously optimistic because too often the rights we get today get taken away tomorrow. It’s a bit like being a victim of abuse who can never really celebrate because they are looking around the corner waiting for the proverbial other shoe to drop. (I don’t think it helps that some of us are still living in states that either ban gay marriage or give us second class status with “Domestic Partnerships” that look like marriage on paper but don’t come close and aren’t recognized federally.)

Still, today is a day of celebration, to be thankful for the strides we’ve made and are making to gaining not special rights (as some would have you believe) but equal rights. And look, there’s Lady Liberty in the harbor lifting her flame which supposedly represents “enlightenment.” Let’s hope New York allowing gay marriages lights the way for many more states and our Federal Government to become enlightened about the rights its citizens not only deserve but are guaranteed in our Constitution!


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      bassgodjimmy 6 years ago from New Jersey

      WOOT WOOT! : )

      I cant believe people thought the world would end just because of this! There are murderers and rapists and the issue of legalizing drugs...and people are worried about this? its kind of ridiculous, no?

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      Earth Angel 6 years ago

      Really? Are you sure? GREAT Scott! The sun still shines! I was so hoping today would be a day of celebrating love in NY, not filing lawsuits! For those who are enjoying LOVE in a BIG way in the BIG APPLE, Blessings always, Earth Angel!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      I can only hope that when the heavens open up and swallow the world, it's for a better reason than this. There are many more things to worry about. Everyone has the right to live their life the way they choose . . .

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      somelikeitscott 6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Stacie and Paradise - No surprise we're once again on the same page, same side of an issue.

      All ready today the lawsuits have begun in New York to stop and get rid of gay marriage. More money and time wasted. Still, knowing there's support from you and a host of other people (both gay and straight) allows us all to have hope!

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      It was way over due, to legalize same-sex marriages. Many long-term couples have been unofficially "married" for years and years; the problem is, they don't have the mutual beneficient life insurance or health insurance options, along with a host of other discriminatory things.

      I think, to most New Yorkers, it's a minor issue; most New Yorkers are more worried about jobs, the economy, what's happening with Social Security, things like that...and as YOU mentioned, we need to start producing things again, along with educating our youth. Otherwise, the whole point, and many other points, will soon be moot.

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      Stacie Naczelnik 6 years ago from Seattle

      I'm on the same page as you about this Scott! Same sex marriage needs to be legal reality that is recognized by all states and the federal government. Rather than spending precious time and money to keep this from happening, there are many other issues that our representatives should be focusing on instead. Legalize same sex marriage, and free up some time and money to address these other issues!

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      somelikeitscott 6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks Daffy Duck! Glad you enjoyed.

      I just feel like some of this is just common sense stuff so it's good to hear from you and know that I'm not alone.

      Wow, on the stuff happening in Oregon and YIKES!!! And although you couldn't be there to show your support, feel good about yourself because your showing it here and just be being the evolved person you are, you're showing it to everyone you may encounter!! Thanks again for reading and commenting!

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      Daffy Duck 6 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

      Awesome freaking hub man! Great points about what we should be concentrating on.

      Legislating love: What a great way to put it. How can a government legislate an emotion?

      It's about time another state got into equal rights.

      Here in Oregon there have been a number of gay/lesbians attacks on a physical scale. They have been labeled as hate crimes. On July 23rd there was a rally at the last moment late at night in Portland, Or. to stand up against this. Their statement was that they would not live in fear. There are places that will be putting up signs in their windows to let people know they will be safe in there if they feel threatened by someone. I love it. I only wish that I could've been there to show my support.