Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Marriage Equality NY Update

Nervous Politicians In Albany Worry Over Approach To Marriage Equality.

There is a secret that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would like to keep hidden in his gay marriage closet : the fact that in 2005 Mayor Bloomberg ordered lawyers for New York City to appeal the trial court ruling issued by New York Supreme Court Judge Doris Ling-Cohen, who decided that marrying the person of one's own choosing was both a privacy right and a liberty right.

If politicians in New York wanted to pass marriage equality -- to guarantee that the right to marry was equally offered to all loving couples, regardless of any factors -- then the marriage bureaus would be told to issue marriage licenses to all loving couples, regardless of any factors. (That's how we saw the entire national conversation change in respect of marriage equality, thanks to the courage and leadership of Gavin Newsom, who was then the mayor of San Francisco.)

Too bad for us, as we wring our hands in New York, that we are stuck with Mayor Bloomberg, who doesn't believe in taking action to make marriage an equal right.

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