In a narrow and highly anticipated victory, the New York state senate voted 33-29 late Friday night to legalize gay marriage. Same-sex couples throughout New York State will now be legally allowed to participate in an age-old tradition celebrated by humans everywhere in the U.S., except those who are under 18 and cannot unless their parents say so.
Republican leaders such as Sen. Stephen Saland reverted to using "conscience" with their vote, in some cases in opposition to their constituents’ opinions, making the passage of this bill possible. Sen. Mark Grisanti of Buffalo explained that he studied the issue and chose to take the radical action of "applying reason"…
"As a Catholic, I was raised to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not here, however, as a senator who is just Catholic. I am also here with a background as an attorney, through which I look at things and I apply reason… I cannot legally come up with an argument against same-sex marriage…
I cannot deny a person, a human being, a taxpayer, a worker, the people of my district and across this state — the state of New York — and those people who make this state the great state that it is, the same rights that I have have with my wife."
The only Democrat to vote against the bill was Sen. Ruben Diaz of Bronx County, whose granddaughter is openly gay and has previously spoken at one of his anti-gay rights rallies, claiming that "I am not asking to be married in church, I am simply asking to reinforce my right to marry in a consensual manner with the woman who I love and who I want to spend the rest of my life with.”
Local news channels, sharing Friday’s breaking news in the popular 11pm slot, hurried to Gay Pride Weekend parties throughout the five boroughs, so that home viewers could witness similar yuckiness in celebrations of unabashed joy for finally being acknowledged as full citizens.
Tags: LGBT, Marriage Equality, New York, State Legislature
The race for the GOP Presidential nomination has officially become an exercise in herding confused, affection-seeking, babbling, scratching, sad, desperate, tired, aging cats.
Jon Huntsman has upped the handsome Mormon quotient, sure, but to what end? And Sarah Palin will be sequestered doing her 12 Angry Men bit until the nomination is safely squared away (oh, to be a fly on the wall for that voir dire).
But not to worry! If the GOP can’t fill the Oval Office with someone decent, the ever-so-enviable office of Vice-President will save the day!
[Mr. Marco Rubio (R-FL)] was pressed to join the presidential sweepstakes, but declined because of his newcomer status to the Senate. But he has several appeals as the number two man on the ticket.
First, he is a big vote getter in the electoral swing state of Florida, which is a must win state for Republicans. Second, his Hispanic heritage is a proven vote-getter with Latino voters. A third draw is that Mr. Rubio has indisputable conservative and tea party credentials, which would make him a natural pair with Mr. Romney, who is seen by some as a moderate, corporatist Republican.
Yes, yes! Put the vaguely handsome, fresh-faced guy on the ticket. Having just turned 40 this May, he’s too new to have gathered a damning past. He’s even new enough for the Tea Party to love him.
Personally, I think Mitt was doodling on cocktail napkins and got real excited about the design potential of having a ticket with MR-MR. Think of all the cool things you could do with that!
It’s gotten that bad.
Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Tags: Florida, Marco Rubio, Primaries, Republicans, Senate, Tea Party
On the heels of a rousing debate on Monday night, when we discovered juicy tidbits such as how Herman Cain really likes his pizza, former Governor of Utah Jon Huntsman declared yesterday that he will announce his run to be the Republican candidate for president…
"I intend to announce that I will be a candidate for the presidency a week from today," Huntsman, former U.S. ambassador to China, said at an event hosted by Thomson Reuters.
The formal announcement of his candidacy will be made on June 21 near the Statue of Liberty, a source close to Huntsman said.
After Monday night’s snore-parade, we really needed a shot in the arm, and what better way to do so than to push to the forefront a fiscally conservative, gay-marriage-supporting, motorcycle-loving high-school dropout whose adolescent aspirations were to be a rock star, and who believes that global warming is a real threat to the environment!
Mr. Huntsman, in the words of the Batman-whupped criminal: Who are you? At first glance, you seem educated and innovative. Diplomatic and firm. What do you have to say for yourself? What makes you want to run for president?
"Because… we have a very weak economic core, we are less able to project the goodness and the power and the might of the United States."
Oh. Ohhhh! Um. Well, you have a really pretty face.
Photo by Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Group/Getty Images
Tags: Jon Huntsman, Mormon, Primaries, Religion, Republicans
Finally! After 22 years of same ol', same ol', new Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel promises dramatic change to the City That Works.
In a celebratory, multi-ethnic, pan-racial, comprehensively religious inauguration ceremony yesterday, he reminded the people of Chicago that with this historic transfer of power, he'd stay shiny and new despite the city’s rusty attitude…
"Some are sure to say, ‘This is the way we do things — we can't try something new’ or ‘Those are the rules — we can't change them.’ This is a prescription for failure that Chicago will not accept."
And what an about-face from preceding mayor Daley's first inauguration speech, given back when acid-washed jeans were cool (for the first time), this year's college grads were not yet born, and my sister and I did our Rob-and-Fab dance routine to my "Blame It on the Rain" cassette single.
Clips from Daley's 1989 speech, starting at about 1:30 in the video, reveal his attitude about Chicago politics…
"Business as usual is a prescription for failure. The old ways of doing things simply aren’t adequate."
I’m glad that Rahm has such a different take on this. Demonstrating his commitment to keep the waves of change rolling, he has already appointed Daley’s daughter to a cultural advisory committee.
Note from Dennis: I don't know if you've noticed, but we've been trying to get this post up since yesterday, but it kept getting broken for inexplicable (and maddening) reasons. Clearly, Mayor Emanuel already has his Chicago machine moving at full speed.
Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images
Tags: Chicago, Illinois, Rahm Emanuel
Men and women of the legislature, put down your Big N’ Toasties! America’s Lil’est Congressman has a very important message for you about exercise and eating well. And the only way to deliver it was, in the tradition of the world’s great leaders, by exposing his broad, sculpted chest, washboard abs, and muscular thighs…
[Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) is] focused on major issues that will affect his own generation the most: energy and the environment, the budget deficit, spiraling health-care costs, and a growing obesity crisis.
And that’s certainly what I’m thinking about as my eyes gloss over the words like so much hot oil. But Schock explains that he did the Men's Health article to raise awareness about rising health-care costs — and for that, we owe him.
With all the vanity and thinly veiled PR moves flung around Washington these days, who stops to consider health care? It’s a sneaky elephant in the room, and Rep. Schock, we thank you for this bold, strategic move.
Tags: Aaron Schock, Health, House of Representatives, Illinois