Crowds gathered in front of the Stonewall Inn to celebrate Marriage Equality in New York State. Inside the bar all televisions were tuned to the vote. Among those watching was Danny Garvin, 62 who was at the bar the night of the Stonewall Riots which eventually were celebrated every year in Pride Marches around the country. On the streets where police beat patrons in 1969, on Friday night the crowds cheered as the police quietly stood by and watched.
While all the pundits will credit the politicians who voted, this was actually a result of 42 years of work organizing, marching in the streets, coming out to friends, families and co workers and never compromising. This will be an important impetus for all those who continue to work in the 44 other states. Of course equality will not be achieved until the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is passed and DOMA (Defense Of Marriage Act) is repealed. Both of these need to be done on the Federal level before Marriage Equality is truly equal.