WHITE PLAINS — Westchester County will recognize same-sex marriages performed in states and countries where they are legal, making it the eighth municipality in New York — and the first county — to recognize the same-sex unions, County Executive Andrew Spano said Wednesday.
For those who don't know, Westchester County is one of the largest counties in New York State, and one of the wealthiest in the whole country. It borders New York City on the north.
The thing that I find weirdest about this is that the story - which you would think would be pretty big news around here - doesn't seem to be mentioned in any major publication in Westchester County. I read about it in a tiny little alternative paper aimed at Westchester's black community in a small article on the inside, and when I searched online for an internet article, I got three hits - every single one from OUTSIDE Westchester County. The clip linked above is from the Poughkeepsie Journal, which is in nearby Dutchess County. I guess they don't want the Westchesterites to know.
As an example of how bizarre the press is, for the "anti" side, they decided to turn some clown into a spokesman who has no actual credentials or following whatsoever, and who probably didn't want to be a spokesman. Some dude that they found on the street, or something. Who doesn't even live in Westchester:
The extension of marriage benefits to same-sex couples is deeply offensive to many Christians, like Tom Malone Jr., a devout Catholic....
"Marriage and the family are under attack and we ought to do everything we can to support the Christian definition of marriage," the Poughkeepsie man said. "I don't find any form of gay union valid."
Easy solution, Tom: Don't marry a guy. Nobody is forcing you to.