With recent changes in New York, this debate is likely to be back in the public spotlight for the months between now and the 2012 elections.
Recent polls suggest that younger Americans support Marriage Equality by wider and wider margins, so to this observer, it seems like the trend is towards nationalization of ME.
What strikes me most is that the debate often fails to acknowledge that what the LGBT movement wants, above all, is the Civil Rights, not religious acceptance, bestowed by a marriage license.
As a matter of fact, it was last minute wrangling over this issue that caused a delay in the NYS Senate's approval of the bill. The speeches given on the Senate floor (available on YouTube) were very emotional, with Senators speaking of how, despite their religious background, they felt this was a civil rights issue (which it is) and based on meeting with GLBT reps and hearing their stories, they made a decision to support the bill.
Since it passed by a small margin, these considerations were not insignificant.
You had Ruben Diaz Sr., a Pentecostal minister representing the old line, steadfast in his opposition, who was sharply contrasted by a younger Catholic senator from Buffalo, explaining that he had changed his position after doing a lot of research on the issue. The fact that Diaz is a Democrat, while the Buffalo Senator is a Republican, makes the story even more interesting because it shows how charged the issue is for both sides.
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Steven Kopstein, NYC
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