It Turns Out They Have No Reasons –
The New York Times Magazine has a story on the four Republican New York State Senators who voted to allow marriage equality. As a result they have been targeted for defeat in the Fall elections, particularly by the New York Conservative party. In
New York this third party is often the difference between victory and defeat for Republicans, so losing their support is serious stuff.
The conclusion that the article comes up with is that none of the four are likely to be defeated, although it is possible that one or more will be. But the real news is that Michael Long, the head of the Conservative policy in
New York has finally explained the opposition to same sex marriage.
I’ve had a few conversations with Long, trying to understand what harm they think they are defending marriage from. In one conversation I recounted my own classic wedding at the Holy Name of Jesus church, and wondered how somebody else’s less conventional marriage could diminish the joy of it.
“Well, I don’t think it hurts anybody,” Long replied, “but I think a society has to have certain standards, and since the beginning of time, marriage has been between a man and a woman.” Marriage, he elaborated, is about children. “You’re not going to procreate children with same-sex couples.”
Focus on the statement
‘Well I don’t think it hurts anybody’
and consider what that portends. Yep, there it is folks, same sex marriage does not hurt anybody, something that even Conservatives now admit they know. So their opposition to marriage equality means that Conservatives are pursuing a policy of having government directly interfere in the lives of people, and deny people basic rights for no reason other than the fact that they want to. Very few other statements reveal so well exactly what Conservatives are.