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08/26/2010

Audio: Stachowski shocked -- SHOCKED! -- by gays' principled spines

by Jeremy Hooper

StachwoskiBuffalo, New York's Sen. Bill Stachowski (D) is none too happy with those pro-equality activists whom he helped to deprive of a principled civil gain:

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*AUDIO SOURCE: Bill Stachowski robocall [Fight Back NY]

Wait, Fight Back NY is "disguising their real agenda" to make it sound like they're about something other than marriage equality? Uhm, Bill...

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Fight Back NY

...what exactly do you want them to do to elucidate their mission: Put Lady Liberty in an FBNY-branded wedding dress and veil? Because from our perspective, they're carrying their pro-marriage equality torch about as highly and glowingly as they possibly can!

But yes, Sen. Stachowski, you're right: Marriage equality is, undeniably, one issue. Though with it come a whole host of other matters. About respect. About church/state separation. Equal protection under the law. Basic fairness. Democratic values. Courage of convictions. And in a state where same-sex marriages are recognized but not performed: The economic impact of forcing destination weddings upon the Empire State's gay residents. Those are concepts that go beyond just a Met and a Yankee's Subway Series wedding ceremony. These are crucial constitutional matters we're talking about!

Oh, and considering this writer personally knows at least three Fight Back NY officials who are New Yorkers directly affected by the state's marriage law, this "out of state" claim is falling on deaf ears. Not to mention that legislative bias in a state that has a reputation for progress and freedom is a notion that affects the entire nation. The entire world.

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