Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Gratituesday: Equality


Like almost everyone I know, I'm so proud New York has finally approved gay marriage.  I have a lot of thoughts on the issue, but I'm not really sure how to phrase them all, so I'll just say that I'm deeply grateful to be in this place, at this time, and leave you with a really lovely statement that's been floating around APW a lot lately:

“Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support. Marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family. Because it fulfils yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition. It is undoubtedly for these reasons, as well as for its intimately personal significance, that civil marriage has long been termed a ‘civil right’. Without the right to marry, one is excluded from the full range of human experience.”

- Margaret Marshall, Massachusetts Supreme Court, 2003

1 comment:

  1. I love this! Yay for NY! I too am so happy to be a witness to this exciting event. I really like the quote you posted, too.
    I wouldn't know how to phrase all of my thoughts on the issue either.