Monday, June 15, 2009

Bruno, Cheney come out

I see that former New York Senate majority leader Joe Bruno has come out in favor of same sex marriage. Bruno, who describes himself as a "conservative Roman Catholic," refused to allow the same-sex marriage bill come to a vote when he was majority leader. Though he did allow passage of the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act in 2002. Bruno's comments came not long after former vice-president Dick Cheney also came out as being in favor of gay marriage.

While Bruno is in embroiled legal troubles and Cheney certainly ought to be, it's quite remarkable that these two conservatives are to the left of President Obama on this key civil rights issue.

3 comments:

Mark said...

Whoa.

Matt Funiciello said...

You said it brother, "civil rights issue".

There is still so much work to do to convince average Americans that this is the new front of the movement. Jason West understood this. Why don't other progressives?

Brian said...

Matt, two things. One, too many progressives are petrified of controversy. Instead, they are reactive, rather than proactive. I'm not a fan of tension and my natural inclination is toward consensus. But at the same time, I recognize that sometimes tension is the only way to achieve justice. Imagine if Dr. King, Stanton, Debs, John Brown... well pretty much any justice-based movement in this country had waited for equal rights to be magnanimously conferred by the ruling class. It would've never happened. As Zinn said, you can't be neutral on a moving train.