On Friday night, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that give gay and lesbian couples the right to marry in the state of New York. New York is the sixth state in the USA, but a state that is far bigger than the previous five. Elsewhere, states have NO rights, limited rights or civil unions on the law books – see chart. This creates all kinds of legal disconnects. For example, last year a Texas court ruled that married gay couples (that moved there from out of state), cannot get a divorce in Texas.
And of course there were opponents of this New York legislation that spent millions of dollars to try to defeat it. ‘We worry that both marriage and the family will be undermined by this tragic presumption of government in passing this legislation that attempts to redefine these cornerstones of civilization’, the state’s Catholic bishops said in a joint statement released late Friday. Well, is that a valid concern? I really don’t think it is.