Saturday, September 06, 2008


Last week, I got an Email from a woman I know expressing jubilation that the lawsuit aimed at restricting Paterson’s executive order to recognize out of state same-sex marriages, had failed.

It was the first direct legal challenge to Gov. Paterson's action, and with it’s defeat, presents the policy as a legally allowable stand for fairness.

Judge Lucy Billings, of the Bronx, wrote “The decision to wed represents a personal expression of emotional devotion, support and interdependence and a public commitment. With that validity, they expect equal treatment with other married couples."

Her ruling comes as thousands of gay and lesbian New Yorkers are expected to make use of Massachusetts' recent decision to let out-of-state gay couples marry there.

Don’t think for a second that the fanatics that brought the New York case won’t fight it. As civil-liberties groups hailed the ruling as supporting equality for same-sex couples, they are expected to appeal the ruling.

Our Governor called it "a wise and fair determination." This allows state agencies in NY the ability to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed elsewhere.

These radical groups are involved in numerous cases around the country that concern same-sex marriage, abortion, school prayer and other social issues. Let’s call it the Palin Initiative. They already have several ongoing cases over attempts to extend spousal rights to gay couples in New York.

Several Republican state senators in tough re-election bids throughout the state, signed onto the latest suit. Including our local good ‘Ol boy Bill Larkin. It seems Bill and his colleagues still bring out the three G’s (guns, gays & god) during a tough election cycle.

No surprise that the group who proposed the lawsuit is based in Arizona. We can only assume, Presidential hopeful McCain and the snow queen would agree with the equal rights opposition.

Taken from the AP: Judge Billings called Paterson’s executive policy of equal recognition, a "permissible, if not mandated, step toward the objective of equality for a group for whom legal as well as practical barriers to equality persist."

She also said refusing to respect a same-sex marriage conducted elsewhere is "antithetical to family stability."
Since I know couples who have been together and raising families for over 30 and 40 years, I would have to agree.


Joe Bubel said...

"Let's call it the palin initiative"? You are such an ass.

You are all running around scared of Pallin, and that is one of the reasons I like her so much.

BTW, the judge was supposed to rule on the goveror's jurisdiction, and not create some kind of self serving decision. "The decision to wed represents a personal expression..." EXACTLY PERSONAL and EXPRESSIVE. Not the kind of stuff a State Supreme Court judge should be making decision on.

Lastly, you act as if prayer in school is on par with torture. Tell me, besides offending a few people, what is the worst outcome which could happen? They have prayer in CONGRESS!

Anonymous said...

Full marriage rights have existed in many Dutch cities for several years, and it was recently made legal nationwide. In other words, we have a long-running "experiment" to examine for its results which have uniformly been positive.

Opposition to the Danish law was led by the clergy. A survey conducted at the time revealed that 72 percent of Danish clergy were opposed to the law. It was passed anyway, and the change in the attitude of the clergy there has been dramatic.

A survey conducted in 1995 indicated that 89 percent of the Danish clergy now admit that the law is a good one and has had many beneficial effects, including a reduction in suicide, a reduction in the spread of STDs and in promiscuity and infidelity among gays. Far from leading to the "destruction of Western civilization" as some critics have warned.

Stephan - Esopus

Anonymous said...

Patterson is doing right - unfortunately Kingston supports Hibernians with their exclusive Irish and Catholic discrimination.

Anonymous said...

If you like it so much in Holland, MOVE THERE!

Mike- The "Snow Queen" has made it further than you will ever.

Anonymous said...

I bet your parents are proud you want to marry a man

Mike Madsen said...

Perhaps your parents would have disowned you had you been born gay, I cant say...its your family.
Perhaps you'd throw your son or daughter out of the home, I cant say...its your family.
But I am fortunate enough to have a family that, at first were upset, but quickly became strong advocates for my hapiness.

I dont peticularly want to get remarried. Been there, survived that. But I feel if the gay/lesbian community wants to be as miserable as the rest of the married world, let them.

The cute little PROUD comment was less than worthy, but i'll post almost anything. Thanks for stopping in.