Sunday, February 22, 2004

The dam bursts

Last week the mayor of San Francisco (in what was either a principled stance or a cyncial grab for votes, depending on your political POV) directed his county clerks to start issuing marriage licenses to gays. Since then, people have been flocking to California and queuing around the block to get one. Over three thousand licenses have been issued so far, spawning court cases in California and elsewhere as newlyweds sue to have their marriages recognised (and fundamentalists sue to try and stuff the genie back into the bottle). And now they're issuing licenses in New Mexico, and probably soon in Chicago as well.

It's like watching a dam burst in slow motion. Freedom is breaking out all over the place, and it's beautiful.