I Now Pronounce You Wife and Wife

Its no secret that the state of New York recently passed the Marriage Equality Act, a law legalizing same-sex marriages in that state.  The law became official on Sunday, July 24 and the first same-sex couples began marrying there on that day, and I say good for them.  This has been a bit of a hot-button issue for several years, with opponents claiming that the world as we know it would cease to be if a man and a man or a woman and a woman were allowed to marry.

Incidentally, New York is not the first state to allow same-sex marriage.  It has been passed and subsequently repealed in a number of states, including Hawaii and California and is currently legal in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire (of all places).  New York is one of those states that the rest of the country looks toward to see how to act, however, and the legalization of same-sex marriage there is a huge step forward for the rights of gays nationwide.

The first couple to officially marry under the new law were Phyllis Siegal, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84, a couple of sweet little old ladies who seem they could far more easily be your grandmother baking cookies than a pair of sexual deviants bent on destroying the sanctity of marriage in America as we know it.  You’ve really got to love that moronic argument, don’t you?  Somehow the opponents of same-sex marriage expect us to believe that (1) Phyllis and Connie marrying will somehow make Ward and June’s marriage mean less than it does and (2) that the concept of marriage is somehow sacred in the same country that has television shows like The Bachelor, Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire, and (the best ever) Who Wants to Marry a Midget? (yes, that was a real show.  Isn’t “midget” now considered an offensive term? I guess Who Wants to Marry a Little Person? lacked the same punch.)

The argument “God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” must have lost some of its appeal for the Anita Bryants of the world lately.  Those of you who read my most recent posts already know how much credence I give to the idea that God made anything at all, least of all homophobic assholes.  They will also argue that homosexual unions are not valid because they can not produce children.  Guess what guys?  Phyllis is 76 and Connie is 84.  If they were Phyllis and Carl, I doubt that they’d be producing many kids… should their ages prohibit them from marrying as well?  In a world run by the likes of Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Michelle Bachmann, perhaps so.  (And speaking of Michelle Bachmann, have you seen her husband Marcus?  A three dollar bill isn’t that queer, folks.  Just sayin’.)

So I raise a toast to Phyllis and Connie and all the others like them who may one day get the chance to freely join together in the bonds of legal and, yes, holy, matrimony.  Congratulations, ladies!



  1. tsonoda148 · July 27, 2011

    This was so awesome I barely have words. Mike, your view of the world needs to be heard and your voice is your writing. And being one of those old lady homosexuals myself, this subject is near and dear to my heart. My partner and I are 52 and 57 respectively, and we’ve had a Commitment Ceremony, but never lived in a state where we could legally marry. In my years, I have seen some amazing strides and changes in the attitudes and allowances, and yes, laws, regarding gay America. However, those ‘strides’ have been too long in coming and far and few between. They are coming nonetheless, and our grandchildren (and yes, we have kids! We just have to be creative in their making) and great grandchildren will grow up in a different world. There will be prejudice and hate, always, as there will be new targets for that prejudice and hate. I’m just happy to see change. If one of my grandkids wants to marry a person of the same sex, I sure hope I’ll be around to attend that awesome wedding!
    Thanks Mike. You Rock as usual.

  2. jamieonline · August 31, 2011

    Wow. Brilliantly written. I want to share it with as many readers as possible. I wish more people thought this way. Incredible that people could think that legalizing same-sex marriage in New York could bring the end to the world. It’s been legal in other countries for over 10 years.
    Watching the news was fab when it became legal in NY, I hope other states follow suit. I’m equally interested to see what changes the UK make regarding the status of the union. At the moment same-sex couples have been given a special ‘civil partnership’, not quite the same, but how very kind of them…… Hmmm.
    Your strong views will strike a chord with many. The religious arguments by thousands just don’t stack up. I’m glad I live in a time when people are finally waking up to equality,

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