Alex Blaze

New York governor to seek gay marriage

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 24, 2007 9:42 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, The Movement
Tags: Eliot Spitzer, marriage, New York

From the NY Times:

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.

Though he has long voiced support for same-sex marriage and promised during his campaign last year to introduce legislation to legalize it, Mr. Spitzer did not mention the issue in his State of the State speech in January or in remarks a week ago outlining his priorities for the remainder of the legislative session, which ends June 21.

But the spokeswoman, Christine Anderson, said that Mr. Spitzer would not back away from his campaign pledge.

Good for them. If it gets through, New York would be the first state to enact full state-level marriage equality without a court order. But the article indicates that even Spitzer thinks this one is a pipe dream. At least he was willing to go out on a limb on this one.

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It's frustrating that the California Legislature can pass such a bill, only to have the governor veto it, while New York's governor, who is raring to sign such a bill, can't get the legislative engine moving.

And we wonder why we look to the courts.

Marla R. Stevens | April 25, 2007 2:10 PM

What is gay marriage? -- Certainly not equal access to the plain old everyday marriage everybody else gets. Must be something way different and, well, gay -- and you know how scary and immoral and, well, just plain bad that is. After all, gay people didn't coin the term. No, staunch pro-family patriots like James Dobson coined and popularized it so all us folks would be alerted that something wicked this way comes.