Cynthia Nixon: “I think we’re at a turning point in the fight for marriage equality.”
HollywoodNews.com: Cynthia Nixon, the winner of two Emmys, a Tony and a Grammy, is also an outspoken marriage equality activist.
She had been on the front lines in New York where the state Senate recently passed same-sex marriage and shares some of her thoughts with Newsweek.
Here are some excerpts:
My girlfriend [Christine Marinoni] and I have been engaged for more than two years, and we had not made plans to get married anywhere else. This had been our last shot. Our feeling was “If you don’t pass it this session, we’re just gonna need to pick another state and go there.” But New York did us proud that night.
As a nation, I think we’re at a turning point in the fight for marriage equality. For the first time, a majority of Americans say gay people should be allowed to be married—not just allowed to have civil unions, but to marry. The distinction is important: when you say to somebody, “This is my wife” or “This is my husband,” everybody understands. A civil union? Well, what is that? Will it be recognized in a hospital? Will it be recognized by your employer? Will it be recognized by your insurance company? If it costs them money, probably not.
No one wants that kind of uncertainty for their loved ones. My girlfriend has been a stay-at-home mom for the past four years, and she just gave birth to our new baby, whom the law sees as hers by birth and mine by adoption. She has no legal relationship to our two older children. Marriage will change that for our family.
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