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We spend a lot of time here monitoring the reaction of the bigots who oppose marriage equality to the enactment of marriage equality in various states, and I'm one of the offenders who does this. In the comment thread to that diary, I was reminded that we overlook possibly the most important people in looking at the bigots: the people who can get married now, and the people who are thrilled that they can take part in their gay brother's/sister's/nephew's/nieces'/fathers'/mothers'/friend's wedding. I'll try to make up for that below.

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The impetus for this came not just from the reaction to my Minnesota diary. It came from the fact that Philip Galanes, a columnist for the Style section of the New York Times, has been entrusted with a new monthly column, Tables for Three. In this column, he takes two people to lunch, they talk, and then he edits it down to a manageable length.  His first subjects were Christine Quinn, the out lesbian president of the City Council of New York City, and Holland Taylor, an actress who is performing as Ann Richards in a one woman show. At the very end of the article, he asks Holland Taylor a question about how her friends are reacting to her performance. Ms. Taylor says they are happy for her, and then Ms. Quinn adds to that:

CQ: Can I say something about that? When people are happy, it makes other people happy. After marriage equality passed, I was stunned by how happy it seemed to make New Yorkers for months on end. I would go places and people would say, “Congratulations!” And I’d ask my staff, why are they congratulating me? And they’d say, “You moron, you’re engaged, you’re getting married.” There are just a few things that with a stroke of a pen, or getting up on stage, can be about pure joy. And when they happen, they really lift people up. I wish there were more things like that. And it was the great thing about marriage  equality that I didn’t anticipate. It made people happy.
You wonder why she didn't anticipate it. I remember being almost giddy when the California Supreme Court announced in May 2008 that same-sex marriages would begin the next month. I KNOW I'm not alone in this. So, some images of people who are happy because marriage equality was enacted in their states. Here's Lincoln Chafee getting ready to sign the bill in Providence:
 Here are Sen. Richard Madaleno, D-Montgomery, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and, from left, Rep. Mary Washington, D-Baltimore City, and Rep. Luke Clippinger, D-Baltimore City, celebrating the passage of the marriage initiative in Maryland.  
Here's Jack Markell showing the marriage equality bill he just signed in Dover, Delaware.  
And, from Minnesota, without much comment:
Yes, I think Mary Richards and the rest of the newsroom would have loved this. I'm not even going to engage in any schadenfreude tonight, because, really, who cares what the bigots think about this.

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