Stonewall2013a (2)On the 44th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn rebellion, which began the Gay Pride Movement, a picture of the 44th president of the United States was prominently displayed in their window — just days after the Supreme Court nullified the federal law in the United States defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Same-sex marriage was legalized in the state of New York on June 24. 2011, and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The question—“Does same-sex marriage support the common good of society?”—is being answered by politicians and institutions, driven more by opportunism than ontology. In his column “Mandela and Obama” (New York Times 6/30/13) Bill Keller asks: “Do you have a clear sense of what moral purpose drives our president?”

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy cast the decisive fifth vote in the DOMA case as well the Court’s Citizens United decision enabling unlimited funding of presidential campaigns.

It’s worth noting that many who seek same-sex marriage rights are doing so for utilitarian reasons — to receive federal benefits, and yet when immigrants do the same thing it is considered to be ‘marriage fraud.’

Photographs: Stephen Wise