Mr. Paterson’s move, which he first signaled last week after Vermont became the fourth state to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed, reflects the governor’s desire to press the issue with lawmakers in Albany as other states move ahead with efforts to grant more civil rights to homosexuals.
The action in Vermont, where state legislators overrode Gov. Jim Douglas’s veto of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, came less than a week after the Iowa Supreme Court granted same-sex couples the right to marry.
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The dominoes of homophobia regarding same-sex marriages are continuing to fall, along with the credibility of so many homophobic clergy and homophobic religious and secular groups.
Increasingly, it seems that intelligent and decent people are beginning to see the bankruptcy of the so-called "religious" and other arguments propounded against same-sex marriage; the distortions and downright lies made by homophobic religious and secular people that have hitherto deprived same-sex couples of the same civil rights accorded to heterosexual couples.
I truly believe that same-sex marriage is crucial, as it legitimizes same-sex love; shows same-sex love to be in no way inferior to opposite-sex love; will likely be the vehicle whereby all other civil rights will be won by LGBT people.