I can think of many words to describe myself. I'm a Southerner. A Christian. Conservative. But most of all, I'm a mom. So when New York legalized gay marriage, my reaction was swift and predictable. I was relieved. OK, maybe not so predictable. My husband, for one, was a bit surprised, even though he knows I'm an advocate for gay (translation: equal) rights. Here's why, as a mother, the legalization of gay marriage is important to me.