Wednesday, December 02, 2009

NY Senate kills civil rights' bill

"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I guess three adult actions were too many for the much-maligned New York senate to perform in a single day.

First, they FINALLY passed a deficit-reduction plan after months of stalling, blaming the governor and other pathetic excuses. Then, they passed a bill reforming the opaque and corrupt state public authorities.

But when it came to a vote on gay marriage, viewed by many as the seminal civil rights' issue of our time, that was a bridge too far for the little men and women of the chamber. The equal rights' bill was defeated 24-38, with none of the chamber's 30 Republicans voting yes. When the same bill passed the state Assembly earlier this year, it did so with 5 of the 41 Republican members.

With the most recent poll showing the majority of New Yorkers (51-42 percent) supporting the legalization of gay marriage, it will be interesting to see if the senators' opposition to civil rights will be felt either at the ballot box or in fundraising appeals.

It is also uncertain whether the chamber will consider a move to ban Hispanics or Catholics from marrying, or perhaps reverse the legalization of interracial marriage?


John Warren said...

Will you join me in booing and turning our backs on Betty Little when she is invited to speak again on Martin Luther King Day?

Brian said...

I've always skipped the part with the politicians anyway. But I'd be more inclined to invite her to participate in a public Q&A panel on civil rights...