Echoes of Stonewall: New York Legalizes Gay Marriage
New York will have become the sixth state in the US to legalize gay marriage upon Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature. This news is of somewhat special significance for New York, as it was in Greenwich Village where the modern gay rights movement began with the Stonewall Riots of 1969.
We are just days away from the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots where gay men and women stood up to a police raid on a gay bar and the world saw it. The astrologically-conscious person might be aware that 42 years is the amount of time it takes for Uranus to travel halfway around the zodiac. The original Stonewall Riots on June 28th 1969 occurred 4 days after Uranus ingressed into Libra. Now, Uranus is opposing that point in the early degrees of Aries. Additionally, Mars was retrograde at 2 Sagittarius on the night of the riots and tonight at the time the bill was passed, Mars was at the opposite degree, 2 Gemini. It is almost a comically blatant reversal: 42 years ago, gay people had to fight against the law for their rights, today, those who make the law fought for the rights of gay people. Together, these Mars and Uranus oppositions represent a progressive step forward in the fight (Mars) for human rights for gay people (Uranus).