My friend and fellow ex-New Yorker sent along this good bit of news about New York State's decision to recognize same-sex marriages that are performed elsewhere.
The move does not legalize same-sex marriage in New York, but it means many bureaucratic restrictions experienced by gay couples will be lifted.These include issues concerning family health care plans, property inheritance, tax breaks and adoption rights.
Bush better call an emergency to contain this situation... "Code Rainbow!" (It's funnier when Lewis Black says it.)
This is just a few steps away from actually legalizing marriage in the state. Some states still ban same-sex marriages, others allow some form of domestic partnership. The relegation of same-sex unions to domestic partnerships that are "similar in every way but name" to marriage remind me of the "separate but equal" policy that clearly didn't serve our country so well in the past. Might we learn from our mistakes this time? Or does that rationality really elude too many people?