Monday, April 23, 2007



In the last couple of days DWT had two posts about gays people moving towards equality, on involving New Hampshire and one involving Washington. Today's New York Times says New York's governor, Eliot Spitzer, wants to go further than either.
Gov. Eliot Spitzer will introduce a bill in the coming weeks to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, his spokeswoman said Friday, a move that would propel New York to the forefront of one of the most contentious issues in politics.

New York would join Massachusetts in marriage equality if the bill passes. Connecticut is considering similar legislation. But that's a big "if." Both the Assembly and the Senate in New York are run by corrupt, entrenched reactionaries, one old line Democrat, Sheldon Silver, and one Republican, Joey Bruno. The chances of a gay marriage bill passing this year are next to nothing. But gay activists are relieved that there is real opportunity to move forward with the kind of social discussion that will lead to progress.

Having always considered the gay lifestyle kind of an outlaw thing-- I can't help it; the first I ever heard from "gay" was by Rechy and Genet-- two of the lowest things on my list of personal priorities were marriage and joining a military. But, having recovered from Rechy and Genet, I fully support anyone who wants to get in either of those battles to be able to do so. In fact, I thought today it might be appropriate to mention that since "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was enacted in 1993, 10,870 gay men and lesbians have been discharged from the military under its provisions. On a less bleak note, Out Magazine reports that 73% of military men claim to be comfortable with gays.

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At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is moving in CA where it has far more support than when it was vetoed in 2005. Video here of the intro in committee includes a discussion of who the political dynamics have advanced.

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Ash Tha God said...

Hopefully, New York will go in the right direction when it comes to this important civil liberties issue. How can such a progressive state as NY (which is my own home) not allow gays to marry? HOPEFULLY, this bill passes amongst NY's mostly liberal legislative branch.

At 5:20 AM, Blogger Psychomikeo said...

"Love is blind and marriage is the institution for the blind."
James Graham

"Marriage is a noose."
Miguel de Cervantes, 1547 - 1616

"Marriage is a matter of give and take, but so far I haven't been able to find anybody who'll take what I have to give."
Cass Daley

Shotgun wedding: a case of wife or death

"The problem with most women is that they get all excited about nothing and then marry him."

"Take it from me, marriage isn't a word, it's a sentence!"
Vidor King,

At 10:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It’s common sense really.

If churches don’t want to allow gays to be married fine, I don’t care, but legality should not be mixed with religion. I would never have a religious ceremony, but it is legal if I go to city hall, why not them?

People don't understand that it's not just about gay marriage; it’s about civil rights and about freedom and inalienable rights.

As usual the religious right is trying to put gay marriage in a ecclesiastical context, where it doesn’t and has never existed.

Marriage was a contract made up by early man in order to make sure 1. men didn’t fight over woman 2. the race didn’t die off 3. families could hand down property. It was law enforcement, never about love.

Now we think it’s about love, but it’s still not is it? These right wing nuts are making it about their own belief system. What about the legal system? This needs to go to the Supreme Court (after Sotomayor gets in).

Damn it, they don’t understand that all our rights are in jeopardy if just one person is denied theirs. This has gotten ridiculous. How can our President travel the world talking about good will and peace when we don’t exemplify it here? These are the same people who didn’t want interracial marriages right up to 40 years ago.


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