Sex and the City star Cynthia
Nixon says the nation is at a turning point in the fight for gay
The 45-year-old actress has been a
vocal proponent of giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry
in her home state of New York.
Last month, she paired up with New York
rangers winger Sean Avery. The
actress and hockey player traveled to Albany to lobby lawmakers on
Now with the law about to take effect
on Sunday, Nixon reminisces on the moment she learned she could now
legally marry her fiance, Christine Marinon.
Nixon recalls that she, Marinon, their
children and a few friends were made aware that the New York Senate
had approved marriage equality from a group of strangers as they
waited on a subway platform.
“They called out to us, we cheered,
and others did too,” Nixon
wrote in an op-ed published in Newsweek.
“Somebody offered to take a picture to commemorate the moment, and
it's such a great shot: all different ages, down in the subway,
looking so proud and so, well, New York-y.”
The nation, Nixon added, is “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
Nixon, however, hasn't said when she
and Marinon will take advantage of that new-found right.