New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg gave the commencement address at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill yesterday, during which he explained to the audience how same-sex marriage won’t instantly lead to the end of moral society as we know it.
Last week, as you may recall, North Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the state. So, you might think a northern mayor heading south to lecture people on gay marriage wouldn’t be met with the warmest reception. You’d be wrong — the crowd roared when Bloomberg bashed the new law.
“Each and every generation has removed some barrier to full
participation in the American dream. That work is not over. Far from it,” Bloomberg said before the crowd went crazy (see video here). “And I would argue last week’s referendum banning same-sex marriage shows just how much more work needs to be done to ensure freedom and equality for all people.”
Despite Bloomberg’s spot-on criticism of the voter approved referendum, the fact remains: it is now perfectly legal to marry your cousin in North Carolina — as long as your cousin isn’t gay (yes, this is actually true — it’s legal to marry your cousin in North Carolina. However, “double cousin marriage” is against the law).
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 14, 2012