Tuesday, May 19, 2009

NY: Next for Gay Marriage?

When I left the States for vacation, there were 4 states that allowed gay marriage. Coming back, there were almost 6.

Now NY is lining up. That makes 7. NJ? 8 WA? 9...almost 1/5th of the States allow gay marriage.

In NY, the opposition is almost non-existent, according to the NYT.com:

Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Brooklyn was feeling distressed.

The State Assembly had just voted to legalize same-sex marriage, after gay rights groups flooded the Legislature with visits, phone calls and e-mail messages. Where, he wanted to know, was the other side?

“Wake up! Where are you?” Mr. Hikind, an outspoken opponent of gay marriage, said in an interview. “It’s the bottom of the ninth, two outs, and you’re losing — big time.”

As the Legislature considers whether to make New York the next state to legalize same-sex marriage, social conservatives have been largely missing from the debate in Albany.

The interest groups working to legalize marriage for gay couples have been laying the groundwork for more than four years, lobbying lawmakers and funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to their campaigns. And last week they began running television commercials in three of the state’s largest media markets promoting same-sex marriage as an equal rights issue.

Their opponents, who are just beginning to organize, say they feel outgunned and underfinanced."

This is a series of battles, not just one war.

And it is ongoing.

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Here's the reality: with almost 10 States allowing gay marriage, and many other domestic benefits for couples, we are discovering our place in the American dream.

Just perhaps.




manxxman said...

Then there is Kentucky..........will I'm glad some people have rights.

Brett Webb-Mitchell said...

Come on Kentucky!