In case you missed it, New York legalized same sex marriage tonight. It was a close vote that hinged on insuring the religious freedom of churches to not perform or recognize gay marriages if they didn’t want to. But in the end, four Republican senators showed the political courage that the President seems hesitant to show.
It was fairly remarkable event, covered heavily on twitter and the blogs and with the live TV feed — normally watched by about a hundred people — drawing over 40,000 viewers. I think the reason so much attention focused on it was because this really breaks the issue open. The third largest state in the union, with a Republican-majority legislature, has now jumped on the SSM wagon. It’s impossible to portray this as judicial activism. And impossible to turn back the tide.
I’m actually glad to see it. Gays are not going away and marriage — or at least civil unions — is the conservative way, as long as the religious liberty protections are kept. If gays start getting married, buying houses, starting business and paying taxes, we might just make conservatives out of them.