Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Some Thoughts About Marriage Equality


Gay Pride, originally uploaded by funfotoguy2.

Today, the senate in New York State defeated the same-sex marriage bill and missed a glorious opportunity today to assume a leadership position in human rights. In the words of Senator Duane, referring to large looming problems like war and the economy, "There is never a good time for civil rights — it’s never, ever the right time for civil rights, I know,” he added. “But the paradox is it’s always a good time to be on the right side of history.” Today, it was very painful to watch my own state's representatives vote to let bigotry stand, to actually listen to individual senators call out their "NO" votes and impact my reality like this.

Our day WILL come.

Today, I am celebrating the future by posting a series of some of my favorite photos that I took at Gay Pride in NYC.

Everyday is Gay Pride Day


Gay Pride, originally uploaded by funfotoguy2.

This beautiful sight that I photographed at Gay Pride 2009 in NYC is a rousing image that I hold in my mind everyday as I consider where gay people have been, progress that's been made and what we deserve to achieve in the future. Nothing less than full equality will do.

Love is Beautiful, Love is Real!


Gay Pride, originally uploaded by funfotoguy2.

Love makes the world a better place for everyone. Too bad that fear and ignorance continue to blind too many of the people in political power here in the USA. The darkness will get dispelled in time so that equal rights and justice will ultimately prevail. I took this photo at Gay Pride 2009 in NYC.

Support Marriage Equality!


Gay Pride, originally uploaded by funfotoguy2.

If you are gay, whether or not you ever want to get married, it is a right that should be available to you here in the USA, a country which prides itself on equal treatment for all under the law. I took this photo at Gay Pride 2009 in NYC.

Joy, Light & Love


Gay Pride, originally uploaded by funfotoguy2.

I assume these two young men who I photographed at Gay Pride 2009 in NYC are a couple. If they are, they cannot get married, today, in New York or most other states in the USA. No matter how long a same-sex couple has been together, or how committed they are to each other, or how upstanding a citizen each person in a same-sex couple is, no matter what they each contribute to society in America, regardless of the taxes that they pay to support EVERYONE in America, same-sex couples who want to get married are being denied equal status due to sheer bigotry and ignorance. This must not stand.

It's Been 40 Years Since the Stonewall Rebellion


Gay Pride, originally uploaded by funfotoguy2.

40 years after Stonewall, and we still don't have marriage equality. The excerpt below, from NYS senate bill S66003, explains the situation of many of you in the good old USA, and/or your friends and members of your family quite well. I took this photo at Gay Pride 2009 in NYC.

Partners unable to enter into a civil marriage - and their children - lack basic legal protections taken for granted by married couples. In such areas as property ownership, inheritance, health care, hospital visitation, taxation, insurance coverage, child custody, pension benefits and testimonial privileges, married couples receive important safe-guards against the loss or injury of a spouse, and crucial assurances against legal intrusion into their marital privacy. As important, unions lacking the State's recognition are denoted, by force of law, as somehow not equal to other comparable relationships. Civil marriage is the means by which the State defines a couple's place in society. Those who are excluded from its rubric are told by the institutions of the State, in essence, that their solemn commitment to one another has no legal weight.

Out Loud and Proud!


Gay Pride, originally uploaded by funfotoguy2.

The defeat of the gay marriage vote in the New York State senate today is disappointing and deplorable. But progress is unstoppable. We WILL attain marriage equality! I took this photo at Gay Pride 2009 in NYC.

Love is Beautiful


Gay Pride, originally uploaded by funfotoguy2.

Two young men are the image of health, joy and beauty in this photo I took at Gay Pride 2009 in NYC.

Gay Pride Forever!


Gay Pride, originally uploaded by funfotoguy2.

I love the strength that emanates from this flag bearer in a photo I took at Gay Pride 2008 in NYC.

Two Friends


Gay Pride, originally uploaded by funfotoguy2.

These handsome guys were enjoying Gay Pride 2009 in NYC when I took this photo.

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