Judges across New York will spend this coming summer Sunday at work tying the knot, for July 24 is the first day that same-sex couples in the Empire State can legally wed. So great is demand in New York City that a lottery will be used to distribute 764 marriage licenses.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be at Gracie Mansion, presiding over the nuptials uniting his chief policy adviser John Feinblat and the city's consumer affairs chief Jonathan Mintz.
Washington, where voters in 2009 endorsed "everything but marriage" rights, needs to follow. We can become the first West Coast state where the peoples' elected representatives enact full marriage rights.
Social attitudes can change rapidly: In the early 1960s, Seattle repeatedly rejected open housing ordinances, only to see the vestiges of legalized racial discrimination -- and their political defenders -- vanish by the end of the decade.
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