Saturday, October 07, 2006

Spitzer: 'New York Will Legalize Gay Marriage'

Since most of the news we hear is depressing, here's some encouraging news... New York's next governor, Eliot Spitzer, has officially come out to support legalizing gay marriage. This is a still a controversial position to some, so kudos to Mr. Spitzer for being at the forefront of this important issue.

NY Times: Spitzer Vows to Push for Gay Marriage
By saying on Thursday night that he will push to legalize gay marriage, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer put himself at the vanguard of the effort to recognize such unions, staking out a position that most prominent Democrats, including Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, have shied away from.

Mr. Spitzer, who is running for governor and holds a commanding lead in the polls, made his strongest declaration yet in support of gay marriage in his remarks to the Empire State Pride Agenda, the state’s leading gay lobbying group. He told the audience, “We will make it law in New York.”

If elected, Mr. Spitzer, a Democrat, would be the most prominent state official in the nation to call for the legalization of gay marriage, though Democratic candidates for governor in California and Massachusetts have also expressed support. Many prominent Democrats, including Senator Clinton, have supported gays on other issues but not on this one, which has led to friction in their relations with gay leaders. Among the few prominent politicians who support it are Senators Russell D. Feingold of Wisconsin and Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, both Democrats; and Lincoln Chafee, a Rhode Island Republican.

The nationwide effort to legalize gay marriage has sputtered since a Massachusetts court legalized such unions in that state in 2004...

It's rare to read a news article that makes me smile; this one did the trick.

I am very excited about these elections.

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