Thursday, December 3, 2009

NY Senate Fails to Pass Vote on Same-Sex Marriage

Once again the NY Senate drops the ball, with numerous "representatives" ignoring the preference of those they nominally represent to vote "No".

Sad day. But there is a ray of hope.

Openly gay NY state Senator Tom Duane: "The time is never right for civil rights. The economy, wars. The troubles we've had here in the senate. It's never ever the right time. But the paradox is, it's always the time to be on the right side of history." (H/T to Sully and Dan Savage)

There will never be a "right" time for justice. There will always be something that seems more important, more pressing, more urgent that will derail justice. The truth of the matter is just what Sen. Duane says, it is ALWAYS the right time.

If we but have the courage to stand for justice.

I was also impressed by one of the commentors on Savage's blog. Baconcat responded to Loveschild's suggestion that the only correct way to handle this debate is to set it to a vote. His response: "Mob rule such as you propose has killed many a wise man. Holy men, even."

He is of course correct. If LBJ had chosen to send the Civil Rights legislation to the "people" to vote on its worthiness, it would not have passed. We cannot submit to mob rule, for the mob is a stupid, angry, hateful beast that's only goal is to preserve its privilege at any cost.

Sooner or later, we will see equality for LGBTs. It will not be easy. It will not be swift. But it will happen. The arc of history is moving in our favor.

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