March 10, 2008
Spitzer sabotaged same-sex marriage?
Posted by: Andoni
I was immediately depressed at the news today that New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been caught up in a prostitution ring, since he has been a rare champion of same-sex marriage and even introduced a gay marriage bill last year.
The legislation has already passed the state Assembly but died in the Republican-controlled Senate. The marriage equality bill was likely to pass after the November elections, especially since Democrats seemed poised to actually take the Senate. News of the scandal means all that is out the window now.
I worried about this for about 10 full minutes before I contacted Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, to ask about David Paterson, New York’s lieutenant governor Spitzer's replacement should he resign.
The good news is that Paterson also favors same-sex marriage and would sign marriage equality legislation if it reaches his desk. That was a tremendous relief.
The bad news is that such legislation depends on Democrats taking back the state Senate, breaking the logjam that blocked Spitzer's gay marriage bill last year. The prospects for a Democratic takeover were good until now, but with this scandal who knows.
Has Spitzer managed to sabotage gay marriage by disrespecting his own? Time will tell.
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