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|Friday, June 24, 2011 |
"The New York State Vegetable is the Senator from the 40th district." - Me.
Good Friday Evening,
Well, it's done. The NY State Senate voted 33-29 to allow full civil rights for gays and lesbians, a tally which includes Republican senators, Saland, Grisanti, McDonald, and Alesi.
The biggest surprise was Senator Saland as he was a NO vote up until the time he stood before the Senate and passionately explained the religious exemptions in the bill.
New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine make up a swath of states where same sex marriage or full civil unions are allowed. California used to until the Mormons got involved, secret underwear and all. This month, civil unions go into effect in Illinois and little Iowa sits alone as a shining light amid a sea of intolerance.
On the other hand, you have Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Virginia and Florida, a list of states prominently displayed right next to the Ten Commandments at the National Organization for Marriage's headquarters, just don't the block from the KKK bookstore.
In New York State's battle for Marriage Equality it was obvious to everyone involved, save Human Rights Campaign, (though I told them. I warned them! Didn't I? David? Admit it!), that the Senator Who Shall Not Be Named, (who is now known as "Senator Twitter" for painfully obvious reasons,) was going to fall on the wrong side of history.
This is a guy who left the Air Force mysteriously and early. Why? Don't ask... Okay, I won't tell but, neither will he. You'd think if he could serve under a gay men in the Air Force (or at least stand ooooohhhhh so close to one in the showers) he might one day want to marry one? Or allow someone else to do so? During his sullied run for Congress he was all about ending DADT. Why? Don't ask... Okay, I won't tell but, neither will he.
We all knew he'd be a NO vote for civil rights but we also knew he had to play the national stage in order to make believe he gave a darn about something other than his ego. And he's proven, once again, that his ego rules.
Here's what this this goat-schtupper had to say, officially, with translation provided for those not in tune with Senator Twitter:
“Knowing that marriage equality was likely to pass, I thought it important to force the issue of religious protections."
Wow. Did he read the bill? They were in there, for special, specific cases and this evening, Senator Saland took his time, carefully explaining what they were and how they worked and how they were protected should a court challenge arise. But I guess that doesn't matter to our Air Force shower-buddy. Maybe he'd dropped the soap while Saland was speaking and had other things on his mind."Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the distinct opportunity of listening to literally thousands of residents, on both sides of this issue, by holding an undecided stance."
Undecided? He kept saying over and again he was against the bill... That's not undecided. That's just weird."I thought it was important to listen to all of my constituents and hold an undecided position until the actual bill language was written and everyone’s voice had been heard. Now that the final text is public, I am proud that I have secured some strong protections for religious institutions and basic protections for religious organizations."
BULLSHIT ALERT! BULLSHIT ALERT! BULLSHIT ALERT! BULLSHIT ALERT! BULLSHIT ALERT! BULLSHIT ALERT! BULLSHIT ALERT! BULLSHIT ALERT! BULLSHIT ALERT! BULLSHIT ALERT!"The bill still lacks many of the basic religious protections I thought were vital, and for this reason, and as I did in the Assembly, I will be voting ‘no.’”
In other words, Senator Twitter is a lying sack of goat shit. Nothing new there, but now it's really out there in the open.Keep in mind that the Senator's political sidekick, MaryEllen Odell, will be bringing this Twitterhead directly into her constituent's bedrooms once she's had her Coronation as the County Executive of the Senator's home county come November. And while we don't know exactly how this will play out, his power over her could direct Putnam County, New York to become a center for the Senator's brand of neo-homophobia and bigotry.
I'll let the residents of that fair county decide among themselves if that's who they really want representing them.
Anyway, a hearty Mazel Tov to my peeps in the Empire State. You made history tonight and you should be proud.
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