Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Gay Marriage Dies in the New York State Senate

The Gay Marriage bill fails in the NY Senate by a wide margin, 42 to 38.

“While the Catholic Church rejects unjust discrimination against homosexual men and women, there is no question that marriage by its nature is the union of one man and one woman,” Richard E. Barnes, the executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference, said in a statement. “Advocates for same-sex marriage have attempted to portray their cause as inevitable. However, it has become clear that Americans continue to understand marriage the way it has always been understood, and New York is not different in that regard. This is a victory for the basic building block of our society.”

The Roman Catholic Church OPPOSED ending discrimination in employment and housing for gays and lesbians in New York City for years. An antidiscrimination bill was first introduced into the city council in 1970 (through the work of gay activist Marty Robinson), and was passed only in 1986 with the support of then mayor Ed Koch. Pressure by the New York Archdiocese, by way of the Firemen's union and the Police Benevolent Association, kept the bill bottled up in committee and off the floor for a vote. The only religious leader to endorse the bill was the late +Paul Moore, and in the face of pressure from Catholic and Jewish hierarchs to oppose it.

Score one for mitered Caiphas and the Roman Sanhedrin.


The Senate vote was 38 to 24. You can read about it here. It really was a wide margin.


June Butler said...

Counterlight, 42-38 is not that wide a margin. It will happen, just not soon enough.

Unknown said...

Mimi is right - It is coming. But the bad thing is there are so many who are hurt by being marginalized.

Counterlight said...

"Your choice-you can cling to a middle/upper middle class north European ghetto and live with the consequences or you can stop being 97% white, middle/upper middle class and get some credibility on social issues. You're a church for the poor, not of them. This is paternalism in cassocks, Mrs. Jellyby at prayer."

I see very white Brad is now a Brother.

It's okay to beat the shit out of gay people because poor minorities (that Brad doesn't care a crap about anyway), are seen as more homophobic than the rest of the population; a presupposition that is just as true as the one that says that gays and lesbians are whiter and more affluent than the rest of the population (which doesn't explain why the majority of gay hate crime victims are poor and minority).

The difference between Episcopalians (liberal and conservative) and Brad is that Brad doesn't give a shit about anyone other than himself.

Face it Brad, you're just a hater. You hate everyone who isn't you, and I'm not sure you like you very much either.

From now on, you're Hater Brad on this blog.

Get Your Own Damn Blog.