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Old 05-29-2008, 11:13 PM
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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I read with much joy this evening (or pre-dawn morning hours now I suppose since I'm such a night owl) that my you, my friends less than an hour away in the Empire State, are showcasing yourselves as the latest beacons of social progression in that you'll soon be legally recognizing same-sex unions that were formalized in other states. Hypothetically speaking one will be able to wed in either Massachusetts or California or enter into a civil union in New Jersey, Vermont, (and I believe Connecticut if I'm not mistaken), and then relocate to New York with their union still having legal significance in terms of spousal medical benefits through employers, tax benefits, etc.

What wonderful news! While the proposal by your new governor faces an uphill battle against some Republican opposition spearheaded by right-wing Evangelical zealots, I must say the idea of being able to reside in a great city like Binghamton, just an hour north of my beloved hometown of Scranton, PA, and have my partner's relationship to myself legally recognized literally has me shaking right now with joy and tears of happiness. I know people here in Pennsylvania are too narrow-minded, selfish, and snobby to ever legalize a similar proposal, but if I can still live within an hour's drive of my hometown and be treated as a societal equal then I'll be more than pacified in life. I can only hope and pray that enough New Yorkers continue to flood into my area to turn the tables on the right-wing that has dominated our state for far too many years.

Thank you, New York, for honestly bringing me to tears of joy this evening (morning?)! There's nothing "radical", "liberal", or "Godless" about treating people as societal equals. We do bleed the same color blood, drive on the same freeways, and eat at the same Burger Kings, do we not? Why then should we not also be able to engage in a civil union to enjoy the very same benefits that heterosexuals are able to enjoy? We're not mutants, you know.
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Old 05-30-2008, 03:02 PM
Location: North of the Cow Pasture and South of the Wind Turbines
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Very nice post SB. Maybe time to head north a little the Catskills are hip baby...

lol I realized I really dated myself with that one
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Old 06-01-2008, 07:21 AM
Location: Finally made it to Florida and lovin' every minute!
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Hey, it's only right. Why shouldn't you be miserable like the rest of us?
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