I picked up the January issue of GQ today and they have an interview w/ current NY Governor Andrew Cuomo. During the interview, they questioned him on Marriage Equality, which he uses in place of Gay Marriage and I had to blog his words. They speak so much truth when it comes to this subject.
Here is the part on Marriage Equality.
Lisa DePaulo (GQ correspondent):
Let’s go back to marriage equality. So the timing was good. You had the momentum. You just said, “This has to be done”?
Andrew Cuomo (NY Governor):
Look, there are issues that come across your desk…that you just say, “This is absurd.” Marriage equality changed life for people. When we did the gay-pride parade after the passage? I can’t tell you how many family members, friends, sisters, and brothers… It provided a level of acceptance for millions of people. And their families.
And you got the activists to work together–
Yeah. Because they were a fractured group. But I mean, you look at the injustice of the issue. [switches voices, mimicking the opposition] “You can’t get married if you’re gay.” Why? “Well, because you’re gay.” And? “And, well, you can’t make babies.” That’s the argument. Oh, really? So then we should change the law to say, “Only people who can and want to make babies can get married.” So an infertile man can’t. A woman who can’t, she can’t get married. People who don’t want to make a baby, they can’t get married. So let’s change the law so it says, “Only people who can and will make babies.” “Well, we don’t want to do that. You can get married if you don’t want to make a baby or if you can’t – except if you’re gay!” There’s no logic.
Was there anything about it that did hold you back? That gave you cause for pause?
No. It is very unsettling to people, especially older people. This is very different. It is jarringly different. And I understand that. By the way, that’s to be respected also. I don’t think it’s enough of a reason. But it’s an issue to be respected.
(Excerpts taken from GQ – January 2012 Edition)
Did you read that? We get it people, old and young, we get it. We respect it. But it is NOT ENOUGH OF A REASON to deny the LGBT community the same rights as everyone else. It makes no sense. There is no logic behind it.
I hope that this fight for equality comes to an end soon. This is just as bad as racial discrimination. We are all human beings at the end of the day. It makes no sense.
Let’s get it together folks.
- The Marriage Equality Governor (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- Cuomo: Legislative Momentum Played Big Role In Marriage Equality Victory (thinkprogress.org)
- Marriage Equality Equals Healther Society (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Study Finds Marriage Equality Leads To Increased Health (towleroad.com)