New York, New York, New York – Thank You!!!!

On Friday, New York became the sixth state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage. The District of Columbia also recognizes same-sex marriage. I’ve had that refrain of Alicia Keys belting out the “New York!!!!” refrain from Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind single since the news was announced.

New York!!!!
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of,
There’s nothing you can’t do,
Now you’re in New York!!!
These streets will make you feel brand new,
the lights will inspire you,
Let’s hear it for New York, New York, New York

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Mildred Loving on Gay Marriage

“It seems only fitting to reference a quote from Mildred Loving, the iconic plaintiff in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court case of Loving v. Virginia, which made race-based marriage restrictions unconstitutional. Loving, a black woman who fought for the legal validation of her marriage to a white man, stated poignantly that marriage equality for gay couples is “what Loving, and loving, are all about.”

Read more at The Root: Marriage Equality How Blacks Paved the Way