Saturday, 25 June 2011

Go New York!

Photo of Empire State Building lit up in rainbow colors tonight on Twitpic

New York has become the 6th state in the U.S.A. to pass legislation legalising same sex marriage. Currently same sex marriage is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and also the District of Columbia. California is still debating whether Prop. 8 is unconstitutional. 

This is a fantastic advancement in LGBT rights and an important step towards true equality for all people.

However, not everyone is very happy about this. NOM (National Organization for Marriage) and it's followers has likened it to the betrayal of Jesus, disrespecting children, and a "counterfeit relationship". What these people refuse to understand is that equality doesn't exist unless everyone has the same rights. Equality isn't "allow group A to do this, but withhold it from group B". If something is considered a right for one group of people (in this instance, marriage), then it should be a right for all.

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