Point of discussion:
“It’s a perfect example of a governor overstepping his authority and sidestepping the democratic process,” said Brian Raum, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, a national organization opposed to same-sex marriage. “It’s an issue of public policy that should be decided by the voters.”
On the one hand, the directive is a positive one because anything that promotes equality is good. However, what's being said here is true. This is an example of the executive branch overstepping its boundaries. It really is an issue for legislation that the PUBLIC needs to vote on. If I were a gay person in NY, I wouldn't really feel confident in the longevity of this directive, and furthermore, it just seems like a band-aid solution to the issue...there's nothing substantial here, just a little sideshow for the gays.
“He saw no reason to stand in the way of making sure these couples benefit from the rights and protections that come with marriage,” said Susan Sommer, senior counsel for Lambda Legal, a group that advocates for gay rights. “It shouldn’t be the burden of each lesbian or gay couple to have to advocate before an agency every time a new issue comes up.”
I disagree. It IS the burden of the public to make their needs known. Our current laws aren't meant to handle gays. They SHOULD, but they don't. So it's not fair to expect fast resolutions or overnight policy changes. These things take time. I think a lot of patience is in order here.
All in all, this is a decent step forward, but one has to wonder if it was a bit premature. It doesn't inspire confidence, it just leaves same-sex marriages in a weird gray area. NY just needs to legalize it and be done with it. Heck, all the states should. Why does anyone even care about this anymore? Why do people feel this need to keep imposing on others?