Saturday, June 25, 2011
Gay marriage is legal in New York
I never want to be one of those people who sees everything through the prism of their own pet issue, but I have one thing to say about this, in the moment we find ourselves in today: the inevitable in politics has a half-life measured in months to years, not decades and certainly not forever. Twenty years ago gay marriage was an issue most people had never heard of, it was so far on the fringe. Ten years ago the issue was electoral poison. In 2008 gay marriage was decisively rejected in California, and it seemed nothing much had changed.
Today sixty million Americans have a legal right to marry anyone they want. And whether you love that, or hate it, or don't much care, the indisputable conclusion is that politics change.
Fight for what you believe in. The politics of today, massive and immovable as they seem, are ephemeral as a mirage in the face of determined idealism coupled with a passionate, disciplined activism.