Congrats to Civil Rights in New York State

Phyllis Siegel, 76, right, kisses her wife Connie Kopelov, 84, after exchanging vows …

Congratulations to all of those New Yorkers who exercised their long-overdue civil rights yesterday and got married!  Especially the Manhattan couple, Phyllis Siegel, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84, – together for 23 years!

I hate to break the news though, the U.S. Federal Government doesn’t think you’re actually a couple!  Neither do my relatives in the south … 

Kudos to folks like Mayor Jason West, who (before he was 30) said he considers it his “moral obligation” to issue marriage licenses to gay couples back in February 2004 — and did it before it was cool.  That’s true “punk,” no?  Even today, West gives credit elsewhere, “I got a lot of attention for the marriages,” he says, looking back. “But I came late to the game. There’s people been working on this for 30, 40 years.”

Protests over yesterday's marriages were met ...

p.s.  Despite the elimination of DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell), military personal of any “not heterosexual” orientation will not receive benefits afforded to the “normal” people:  “Military gay couples won’t enjoy benefits” — Let freedom, and all of its select bonuses, ring!  


p.p.s.  Um, are the attacks on Elizabeth Warren any indication of the threat she poses?  I’d say yes but will let you decide.  Follow the links and do your own research:

1. )VIDEO: Rep. Cooper on “Rude and Disrespectful” Treatment of Elizabeth Warren by Oversight Committee

2. )White House will not name Elizabeth Warren to lead consumer bureau

3.) Elizabeth Warren to ‘think’ about Senate run against GOP’s Scott Brown

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Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She co-edited with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edits the anthology series, Bettering American Poetry, and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

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