Diane Savinoâ€”my new hero.
She’s the woman speaking aboveâ€”the New York State senator who spoke with heart, passion and intelligence shortly before a vote to legalize gay marriage in New York State was defeated, 38-to-24.
Things like this make me embarrassed to be an American; to be a human. How much longer are we going to deny such a fundamental, justified civil right? People argue that this isn’t akin to the racial battles of the 1950s and 60sâ€”but it’s exactly the same thing. A minority being degraded and punched.
As for the involvement of the church? In a word: Despicable. Slowly, people are beginning to not allow clergy to hid bigotry behind a cross or Jewish star or … whatever.Â This, for example, oozes something special: â€œAdvocates for same-sex marriage have attempted to portray their cause as inevitable,â€ Richard E. Barnes, the executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference, said in the statement. â€œHowever, it has become clear that Americans continue to understand marriage the way it has always been understood, and New York is not different in that regard. This is a victory for the basic building block of our society.â€
One day, Richie Barnes and the rest of us will look back with shame. Our kids will say, “You weren’t one of those people against gay marriage, were you?”
And the answer will be …