When Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed gay marriage into law late Friday night, he made New York the largest state yet, and sixth in the nation, to approve of same-sex unions—and achieved what Mets great Ron Darling saw as a major strike for equality.
“I immediately called my wife as soon as I heard,” said Darling, who long ago made the city his adopted home and now works as a broadcaster for the team. “I’m joyous. Excited. I can’t wait to hear if my friends are going to take the plunge, and I’m anticipating going to many marriages.”
For Darling, the equation is simple: Why not recognize and celebrate any form of love between two people?
“I’m excited that all those who have the chance to love will now be able to do it publicly,” he said.
Unfortunately, Darling sees major league baseball and other professional sports as behind New York state in its attitudes towards gays, and believes that most athletes are not yet enlightened enough to accept an openly gay teammate.
“I don’t think we’re there yet, and I think that is sad. But it is going to happen. It is going to take one of the great players to come out. At some point, one of our athletes is going to reveal that he is gay, and I think that will be a joyous moment—not only for gays and lesbians, but for all of us.”
More on this in tomorrow’s Daily News.