Quick hit: more good news for marriage rights!
New York Governor David Paterson will announce plans on Thursday to introduce legislation to legalize same-sex marriage. Even though he's not sure whether there are enough votes for the measure to pass, he wants to show that the state of New York is committed to treating same-sex couples with the same respect that it accords to opposite-sex couples. The bill is likely to have a bumpy ride, and state politics in Albany are slow enough that it could be months before the bill actually makes its way to the Assembly and Senate floors, but Governor Paterson's actions are still a promising sign that more and more legislators are feeling moved to extend this very basic civil right to same-sex couples. Yay for New York!