Spitzer to Push Gay Marriage
By reldim Posted in Eliot Spitzer | gay marriage | State Politics — Comments (106) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Promoted from Diaries by Dan McLaughlin.
Because apparently the licenses for illegals debacle wasn't damaging enough, the NY Post reports that Spitzer wants a new Democrat-controlled State Senate to push through the gay-marriage bill the Assembly has already passed this session.
Polling has not shown gay-marriage to be widely popular in New York. A listed poll in the article notes that support for it runs somewhere around 45%, with about an equal number against. Earlier polls showed the opposition to be stronger. Democrats need a 3-seat pickup in the Senate to take control, and in a presidential year, that chance increases. However, between the licenses issue and now this, Spitzer is handing Republican candidates in the rural and even suburban areas of NY new reason to retain their Republican Senators and even to add a few more to the batch.
Even to the extent that people are in favor of these issues, it is clear that there are many more pressing issues facing the state and its economy than these. Republicans can not only attack the substance of the policies, but the priorities of Democrats, who seem more interested in pushing through liberal social policy than in solving the real problems NY faces.
The continued exodus of business, the continued decay that blights the Southern Tier (the area along the Northern PA border) and the Central NY regions, persistantly high taxes, wasteful spending, and the uncontrolled growth of programs like Medicaid, should all be addressed before we even raise the issue of what, if any, recognition to afford same-sex couples.
Every day brings New Yorkers a new reason to regret electing Spitzer, and another argument for electing Republicans to the legislature lest that mistake be given a blank check.