A Victory in Defeat?

Andrew Sullivan weighs in on the rejection of the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Albany yesterday, and sees it not as a setback, but as a victory for marriage advocates:

“It’s demoralizing and dispiriting. But it is my deepest belief that every time this question is thoroughly debated, and each time we put ourselves, our dignity and our families on the line, we win even if we lose.

“This is about changing people’s consciousness, deep down, the prerequisite of changing the law. And sometimes simply witnessing a majority strike down a minority so emphatically makes the point more powerfully than anything else.”