Thursday, April 16, 2009
The Cabal of Gay Marriage Opponents in New York
Headline from today's NY Daily News: "On first day as archbishop, Dolan says he won't 'shy away' from gay marriage fight"
That would be New York's new Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan, whose first day in office (today) coincides with the introduction of a bill in favor of gay marriage by New York Governor David Paterson. Joining the cacophany of otherwise distracted public figures who have been riled from ignoring the real issues that affect New Yorkers is Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., from the South Bronx, who called Paterson's decision to introduce a gay marriage bill on Dolan's first day as Archbishop "disrespectful."
Listen Ruben, focus on the pandemic crime, high school drop out rates and teenage pregnancies in your part of the city and stop trying to deny New Yorkers their basic civil rights. As for Archbishop Dolan, whom you wouldn't know from a hole in the wall, way to make a first impression. Bravo.
Another issue in this debate - which hasn't seemed to rile up the gays I know - is Governor Paterson's ability to even see this bill turned into law. With diminishing support in general for his administration, and the lack of consensus from gay rights groups in the States, the folks at Queerty wonder if this is all just a publicity stunt that ends with a thud in the state senate?
Whether the bill goes through or not, we can certainly expect for the usual suspects, those publicity-seeking rabblerousers, to paint a grim picture for the future of the American family. Lord, I don't think I can take another 45 state debates on this issue.