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Poll: From Watertown to West Chelsea, NYers say 'I do'

by Jeremy Hooper

Good news from the Empire State Pride Agenda. News that completely belies both Tony Perkins' recent claim that New Yorkers are against marriage equality, and Rudy Giuliani's newest attempts to play political games with gay lives and loves:

Siena Poll--Majority of NYers Support Marriage Bill 042009
*The poll, for those who like their data raw:

09 April SNY Poll Release -- FINAL

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Yea, BUT.... Then there is this ...bringing snippet from the Blend. I say BRING ON SOULFORCE! (Oh by the way they will be in New York City TOMORROW and for 3 days? to try to get the Vatican to sign the UN Resolution... Just how many of us are working for that?

THE RACE CARD: Being played big time.
""As long as you need me, there will be no gay marriage."
-- NY State Senator Rubén Díaz, a Democrat who knows his party won't challenge him on his bigoted views.
This is a perfect example of why the Democratic party needs to check itself -- just because someone has a (D) behind their name does not mean they hold Dem principles, or even engage in rational thought -- a lack of understanding of the separation of church and state should at least be a baseline for god's sake.
I mean come on, State Senator Rubén Díaz Sr. has called for Governor David Paterson's removal over the marriage equality issue.
"We will bring out thousands and thousands of Hispanic evangelical Christians in the city of New York to ask Governor Paterson to step aside."
What kind of Democrat is this? And worse, no person of color has any business discriminating, yet the Democratic party lets people like Diaz get away with this bigotry. Why? They need his vote. (NYT):
Mr. Díaz, a conservative Democrat and a Pentecostal minister, is one of the staunchest opponents of same-sex marriages in New York. Democrats took control of the State Senate in November, but they hold a slim majority, 32 to 30, and their leaders are fearful of alienating Mr. Díaz and others by holding a vote on same-sex marriage.
The fear is something I've been talking about for ages here on the Blend. White pols are afraid to hold POC bigots accountable for fear of losing the socially conservative (read religion-based homobigot) votes of those who otherwise are staunchly loyal Dem votes. They don't want the race card to be played (and those POC Dems know it), and thus the white pols -- and advocacy leaders of quite pale organizations -- feel rendered helpless -- and feel its left to minority LGBTs to do the dirty work of calling these homophobes of color out.
The bottom line and the reality is that too many LGBTs of color who feel unwilling or unable to decloset to do so, and those who are aren't in positions of power in the LGBT establishment and thus the continued illusion people see is gay=white. And so the Rubén Díazs of the world continue to rule the roost unchecked by Dem peers:

And as it's quite obvious, this isn't a New York problem. This is a Democratic party problem. It manifests itself in the whole "go slow" attitude on legislation that during the election year promises sounded like change was around the corner; it's the whole "uh, oh, we need to be re-elected in 2010" nonsense; it's the sudden "we can't multitask on civil rights while the economy is in the crapper" whining. All of this was so predictable, given the past spineless of Dems we've seen over the years. They had the cover of being in the minority, but now in the majority, nothing much has changed.
You see, if you're going to effect change, as Gov. Paterson is trying to do with this legislation, you have to be prepared as a party to address the larger schism of race, religion and homophobia head-on. In a vacuum of a counter-message, the evangelical anti-gays plant seeds and watch them grow in these religious communities of color. Any success is not due to the brilliance of the Religious Right, but its ability and willingness to capitalize on the Democratic party's self-imposed weakness and impotence regarding discipline on basic civil rights issues because of the race card."

Also SOULFORCE will be going into CHURCHES, non gay affirming churches in May and June to discuss being friendlier to gays. WOOOSH! Talk about brave.

Posted by: LOrionl | Apr 20, 2009 12:01:14 PM

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