Equality Coming To New York?

Andrew Sullivan —  Jun 17 2011 @ 10:30am

On a day when the third largest state in the Union is on the cusp of enacting marriage equality, which would double the number of Americans able to wed someone of their own gender, a reader writes:

Though I don't agree with you all the time, I enjoy reading your blog (when it was at The Atlantic and now at the Beast). I'm taking a moment to thank you though for one specific thing: your continued push for marriage equality. I am not as mature as you, so I can only imagine what it was like when you first started fighting for this equality. I am 26 and just married my husband. We are an inter-racial, inter-height relationship and had much support from our parents and families. My father performed the ceremony in Vermont (temporary officiant, he and my mom live in SF) and my husband's 83-year-old grandmother blessed the union. In addition to that, we jumped the broom, which is a traditional African-American (and apparently gypsy) tradition.

I write all this to simply say: "Know hope." As my father said about my husband's grandmother (and now my grandmother-in-law): "She's doing pretty well. She is from a generation where she didn't expect her grandson to grow up to marry a black person. And she certainly did not expect this black person to be a man."

The latest news from Albany suggests that a vote on marriage equality will occur over the weekend or even early next week, into an extended legislative session. Passage may come down to a certain GOP senator.