A group called Fight Back New York, created with money from software entrepreneur and openly gay philanthropist Tim Gill, is pledging to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to get pro-gay marriage candidates elected to the state Senate in November's elections.
Advocates are hoping to bring same-sex marriage to a vote as early as next year. As a former native and frequent visitor of New York State this comes as good news.
Three months ago the NY Senate failed to muster enough votes to pass same-sex marriage. 61%, which included an embarrassing eight Democrats, voted against equality. There is work to be done.
This week, Fight Back New York claimed victory when a candidate who has a record of supporting gay marriage won a special election to succeed Hiram Monserrate, who voted against the marriage bill. Monserrate was expelled from the New York Senate after being convicted of assaulting his girlfriend.
"One down, seven to go," the group said in a statement.
National Organization for Marriage inequality Maggie Gallagher had to weigh in on this. In her opinion advocates for same-sex marriage in New York are facing an uphill challenge. And:
Dennis Proust, spokesman for the New York State Catholic Conference, which opposes same-sex marriage, said there was no evidence that the political winds will change in New York.
"I think it would be a huge mistake to bring it to the floor a second time and have it be soundly defeated," said Proust. "Not only did they not win, they got creamed."
Sure, OK we'll just pack it in and give up fighting for equality. Not. A new generation of thinkers are coming of age.
Over all, 65 percent of the college freshmen surveyed last fall supported same-sex marriage, compared with 58 percent of Americans 18 to 29 years old and 39 percent of the population nationwide, according to the Pew Research Groups' study.
Sorry, fundamentalist Christians, but national opinions are shifting. Shifting because it's the right thing to do.
On a lighter note though, gay scientists have isolated the christian gene. Here is a bit more about their research: