Saturday, May 17, 2008

Justly Married

It was a pretty awesome moment when Gavin Newsom started issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. There was something exciting about it. People were lining up to get married, and random people all over the internet were sending flowers to the couples in line.

Plenty of my gay and lesbian friends have mixed feelings about marriage being the centerpiece of the gay rights movement, especially as it crowds out everything else. I can understand that, but nonetheless it is in both real and symbolic terms an important step in making gays and lesbians equal under the law.

Newsom's actions were derided by many at the time as just a stunt. Perhaps it was. But it ultimately led to this week's ruling. Hopefully California voters don't bring on the stupid in November and change their constitution.

In 25 years this will all seem so stupid.