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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

NY Republicans Who Voted for Marriage Equality

Mike Groll/Associated Press; Librado Romero/The New York Times; Mike Groll/Associated Press; Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times
Stephen M. Saland, Jim Alesi, Mark Grisanti and Roy J. McDonald.

Bill Keller's terrific piece on the NY State Senators who supported marriage equality last year.

"It is difficult to construct an argument against marriage rights for gay people that doesn’t sound like an argument against gay people. Mike Long and his fellow partisans, like many conservatives nationwide, build their case on what they call “the defense of traditional marriage.” No society in history, they told me repeatedly, has extended marriage rights to homosexuals, and so we shouldn’t risk the unraveling of civilization by starting now. (Apparently they don’t count the 10 countries, from Canada to South Africa, where gays may legally marry and civilization endures.) I’ve had a few conversations with Long, trying to understand what harm they think they are defending marriage from. In one conversation I recounted my own classic wedding at the Holy Name of Jesus church, and wondered how somebody else’s less conventional marriage could diminish the joy of it."   NY Times, Bill Keller - Republicans' Fate

Sen. Steve Saland  website
Sen. Jim Alesi  website
Sen. Mark Grisanti website
Sen. Roy McDonald website

They did the "right thing" and deserve encouragement, if not outright support.  You know what to do.

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