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06/08/2011

Video: NY Sen. Greg Ball's continued support for needless obstacles

by Jeremy Hooper

On last night's edition of "Capitol Tonight", NY state senator Greg Ball (R-Putnam) built on his belief that gay people's marriages must come with extra religious shielding that has never, ever applied to any other kind of civilly-bonded couple -- extra religious-shielding that the organizaed marriage equality opposition admits will never satisfy their desires. Plus Ball also suggests an overwrought, separate-and-unequal civil unions system that would then be dependent on a theoretical majority vote before gay New Yorkers could be granted their fair and equal citizenship. Have a look:

Ugh, and again with the "even President Obama and Secy. Clinton don't support gay marriage" lines. We say "ugh" not only because those lines are beside the point and highly selective, but also because they are unfortunately still true. That reality needs change (that we can believe in).

Some realities:

  • Marriage equality has majority support in NY.
  • NY's entire eastern border of states already have marriage equality -- marriages that the state itself fully recognizes. The state is quite literally exporting the commerce attached to weddings that it will legally recognize.
  • Civil unions will never be acceptable, as they are patently unequal.
  • Civil rights should never go before a majority vote, even in state where we're fairly certain equality would prevail (as we are in NY)
  • Civil marriage and religious ceremony are already separate concepts, and should not be tripped up by faith-motivated talking points
  • Many of those faith-motivated talking points are not even dependent on civil marriage equality (inclusive teaching, adoption rights, etc.), but rather LGBT non-discrimination in general -- something that is hopefully not up for debate in a state like NY. Or anywhere, ultimately.
  • The legislature is elected to do the job of the people. This (non-)issue has more than met the necessary criterium for legislative support.

Pass this bill. The full bill. The equal bill. The bill that resolves the issue, not defers to a future day's more willingly principled problem-solvers.

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