Saturday, January 07, 2006

The Little State that Could

Besides being the butt of jokes for most third-rate comics, New Jersey and it's inhabitants are often treated like the bastard children of New York City (if they hail from the north end of the state) or Philadelphia (those that live in the southern end).

Just last night I was talking to my partner about Joisey and he said, "New Jersey is just a state of mind", and then he went on to make some snarky comments, to which I replied, "No, dear, you dwell in you own, self-made, state of mind; New Jersey is your reality, like it or not".

Sometimes I find myself picking up for my state. Don't get me wrong, I see the problems here and they are legion, and yet when I hear someone dogging The Garden State, I want to smack them upside their head. Sure, sure I myself have wished to be living in Boulder Colorado or Southern California; and yet I am sure if I ever did relocate, I'd miss this goofy state and start pining for it (Joni Mitchell said it best, "Don't it always seem to go, you don't know what you got till it's gone...").

Which brings me to my point(s):

1: I just read that lawmakers in my state are considering halting executions because of the cost, and more importantly, the fairness, of such a brutal punishment (yes, I am anti-death penalty). I applaud this action, and it makes me proud that my home state is exploring this and, hopefully, might ban executions. (FULL STORY HERE)

2: Over at Karl's Corner, My Dawg points us to an article about a strengthening of the current Domestic Partner's Bill that is law. As constant readers know, Whatshisname and I got DP'd (as I like to call it), the summer before last. Granted, that little piece of paper gave us just a mere fraction of the rights that married couples have, but it's a start. Now, with the unanimous passing of several amendments last week, gay couples also have the right, upon the death of a partner, of control over estates, property, burial procedures all in the absence of a will (FULL STORY HERE).

So while the rest of the nation struggles with questions about the death penalty and equal rights for gays and lesbians, the little state that could - did!

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