33-29. Every Democrat save one voted for, every Republican save four voted against. The Conservative Party and the local Teahdis will now try to purge the courageous quartet. (Tell me again how Teabagging is really a libertarian, small-government movement?)
Thanks to the Republican Party, the men and women who will now be married according to the laws of the State of New York will not be treated as married by the Federal government. And the House Republicans are now spending half a million dollars’ worth of your money in court trying to keep it that way. (Tell me again about how Republicans believe in states’ rights?)
In 2004, according to a Quinnipiac poll, 37 percent of the state’s residents supported allowing same-sex couples to wed. This year, 58 percent of them did.
Yes, I’d guess New York was ahead of many other states on this, but not that far ahead. The right wing, having pandered to the gay-baiters successfully through the mid-2000s (remember Ohio in 2004?) now has to pay the price. It’s going to be a long, long walk back.
Footnote Am I right that every Republican contender for President opposed letting gay Americans serve in the military? If so, that’s something worth reminding the voters about, since three-quarters of them disagree.