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Bloomberg Wants Gay Marriage Vote ASAP

Thursday, May 26, 2011

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Mayor Bloomberg presented gay marriage in moral terms Thursday in a speech intended to pressure State Senators into voting for a bill this term.  Speaking passionately and using blunt language, the Mayor posed a question to all state lawmakers:

"Do you want to be remembered as a leader on civil rights? Or an obstructionist? On matters of freedom and equality, history has not remembered obstructionists kindly."

Mayor Bloomberg wants to see an up-or-down vote on legalizing gay marriage in New York by the end of June, whereas Gov. Cuomo says it's better to wait until a majority 'Yes' vote is ensured.

"New Yorkers have a right to know where their elected officials stand. We deserve a vote not next year, or after the 2012 elections, but in this legislative session," the Mayor said.

Ross Levi, executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, a powerful lobbying group for gay marriage, said he found the Mayor's speech inspirational but the group is concentrating on getting a successful vote. "No one at the Empire State Pride Agenda is interested in a symbolic vote," he said after the speech.

Gay marriage bills have died three times in the State Senate, but this year some Senators--Republican and Democrat--who previously voted no are calling themselves undecided. Any successful vote would have to include some Republicans, who are in the majority. The Mayor has promised to financially support any Senator in the next election who votes for the bill to legalize same-sex marriage. A lot of money is flowing in Albany as lobbyists on both sides have pledged over a million dollars to advance their agenda for or against the bill.

It appears to be an issue close to the Mayor's heart--in addition to this speech at Cooper Union he spent six hours lobbying for the bill in Albany on May 17. Bloomberg was introduced on Thursday by his niece, Rachel Tiven, who is gay and is the executive director of Immigration Equality, an organization lobbying for the rights of bi-national same-sex immigrant couples, such as the right to sponsor a partner for a green card. The Mayor's strong rhetoric appealed to economic as well as conservative principles.

"Conservatives believe that government should not intrude into people’s personal lives – and it’s just none of government’s business who you love," he said, adding that government should not stand in the way of free markets and contracts between consenting parties.

A majority--58 percent--of New Yorkers support legalizing same-sex marriage, according to the most recent Siena poll. Some opponents say they're against the law on religious grounds, like Democratic State Sen. Ruben Diaz. Under the bill proposed by Assemblyman Daniel J. O’Donnell no religious leader or institution would be required to perform or sanction a same-sex wedding.

Five states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire. Mayor Bloomberg said that New York should take the lead on this issue, as Greenwich Village's Stonewall uprising 42 years ago is considered the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.

“In our democracy, near equality is no equality. Government either treats everyone the same, or it doesn’t. And right now, it doesn’t," the Mayor said to applause.

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Comments [7]

RXN

Stanley Kurtz has proven that, in countries where gay marriage is accepted, marriage itself becomes trivialized, and fewer couples get married before bearing children. As a result, in Scandanavian countries, and in the US, the out of wedlock birth rate rose as gay marriage proliferated. Having more children out of wedlock harms those children because parents can more easily leave the relationship, and forsake the children. So, the bottom line, is that gay marriage is bad for children.

Marriage should be linked to the capability to procreate. That's natural and that's what is best for children.

May. 27 2011 09:59 AM
Maria from TX

Does it really matter to the next person who I love. I don't care about anyone else but who I love. So if you never worry or stress on me in the past why you want to act like you care now. I don't know why it is such a big deal to see a man and a man or a woman and a woman together people act like if they have never seen it before. Remember its 2011 not 1911. People worry about what is going on in your life and taking care of your self and your family while I will take care of me and my wife.

May. 27 2011 07:58 AM
Wally Balloo from a heterosexual marriage and an enlightened upbringing

I think some people fixate on the sex part of the gay relationship, and ignore the love part. The idea of gay sex repulses them, and they can't get past that to think of the love part.

May. 27 2011 07:58 AM
Ed from NYC

Bloomberg was the biggest donor to the Republican party to get in office. He can't now complain that those he backed for his own benefit are acting differently than he wants. He knew who they were and who they are and now he wants his legacy. He is a hypocrite who once again is trying to dictate how society should act. If government is supposed to stay out of people's lives, why is government stopping people from smoking?

He is not a social arbiter. He bemoans others' use of salt while he piles salt on his food to the point where others can't eat his popcorn. He is a totally "do as I say not as I do" guy. He knows better than all of us - at least he thinks he does.

May. 27 2011 07:51 AM
Ed from NYC

Bloomberg was the biggest donor to the Republican party to get in office. He can't now complain that those he backed for his own benefit are acting differently than he wants. He knew who they were and who they are and now he wants his legacy. He is a hypocrite who once again is trying to dictate how society should act. If government is supposed to stay out of people's lives, why is government stopping people from smoking?

He is not a social arbiter. He bemoans others' use of salt while he piles salt on his food to the point where others can't eat his popcorn. He is a totally "do as I say not as I do" guy. He knows better than all of us - at least he thinks he does.

May. 27 2011 07:49 AM
Ed from NYC

Bloomberg was the biggest donor to the Republican party to get in office. He can't now complain that those he backed for his own benefit are acting differently than he wants. He knew who they were and who they are and now he wants his legacy. He is a hypocrite who once again is trying to dictate how society should act. If government is supposed to stay out of people's lives, why is government stopping people from smoking?

He is not a social arbiter. He bemoans others' use of salt while he piles salt on his food to the point where others can't eat his popcorn. He is a totally "do as I say not as I do" guy. He knows better than all of us - at least he thinks he does.

May. 27 2011 07:49 AM
Roger

A stunning obstinacy, or else a gargantuan delusion, permeates the continued obsession with ignoring the evidence against gay "marriage"! There are none as blind ... as those who would not see!

In comments on May 26, the Mayor admits that he "cannot do" a lot of things, but he would agree with millions of New Yorkers that there is ONE thing that he CAN do ... tell the whole truth and not deny ... especially by omission ... the existing legal, medical, social-policy, public-policy and psychiatric evidence AGAINST same-sex "marriage"! He cites no authority ... because he obviously believes that he needs no other than his own in this ... audacious concoction.

On the contrary, Republicans .... and like-minded Democrats ... will remind the citizens of New York of the essential arguments AGAINST Bloomberg's misadventure into social engineering as initially embodied in the online article "Homosexuality is Not a Civil Right" by Robert Regier and Daniel Garcia, and "Crafting Bi/Homosexual Youth" by Dr. Judith Reisman! .

How have the public-policy realities in the "Hiding Dirty Laundry" section of the latter script changed? The Mayor, unfortunately, will not tell us!

The bigger picture also screams to us .... and doubtless to Reuben Diaz and Dean Skelos!

"Homosexuality" as medical condition sets itself up as the ONLY such disorder that considers its "activist" goal the destruction of every core creation-structure dear to the Judeo-Christian ethic: manhood, womanhood, family, sex, marriage ...

Per Justice Kirby, the very least that elected officials can do is to acquaint themselves with the details of an issue before the public ...

May. 27 2011 02:29 AM

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