As four Republican state senators, one by one, agreed to break with their party and cast a politically risky vote to legalize same-sex marriage last year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and gay-rights advocates vowed to do everything in their power to protect them against political retribution. State Senator Stephen M. Saland, one of four Republicans to vote to legalize same-sex marriage, conceded to his Democratic opponent on Thursday.
"Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and gay-rights advocates vowed to do everything in their power to protect them against political retribution. State Senator Stephen M. Saland, one of four Republicans to vote to legalize same-sex marriage, conceded to his Democratic opponent on Thursday."
Suckers! Didn´t you learn anything from Lucy and the football?
A survey in 2012 indicated that only 2% of the population is gay and only 75,000 gay marriages have been performed since allowed is several states. Their political voting power is actually less than liberals would have you believe. Of course, they do attract the democrat vote, but probably not enough to be significant. It is a wedge issue, and republican candidates shouldn´t be hasty in believing the exaggerated numbers.
To put this all in perspective, an average of 2.3 million marriages are performed in the US each year. I don´t know what this all means, except maybe the noisy wheel gets the grease.
We conservatives give all these issues credibility by fighting about them. I don´t give a rip about Jack marrying John. It´s God´s job to sort out people´s choices, not mine.
If we claim to be a free country with our rights endowed by our Creator, this should be none of the government´s, or my, business. In fact, if we start treating each person as an individual for tax and "benefits" bestowed by the government none of this would matter to anyone.
I think we need to start ignoring government and all these divisive issues just like we ignore a child throwing a tantrum. Sooner or later they´ll just give up because no one´s paying attention to them.
The cure for this type of garbage is easily available to each and everyone in this country. The problem is the vast majority of people, including those in the so called Patriot groups, refuse to take the cure. Until such time as Liberty lovers quit making excuses and seize control of the classrooms, city hall, the courts and last but not least State Legislatures, all your complaining is wasted bandwidth. Remember this, DC is not a party to the Constitution, it is a creation of the Constitution, as such it has no say about what the Constitution means, it cannot Lawfully add to, take away from, or change the Lawfully delegated authority given to it. You delegate, it complies, that´s the TRUE LAW.
So, the social-conservative opposition had "an awkward side effect" of electing Democrats. We saw this awkward side effect on Nov 6th as well. Young people and many women are staying away from the GOP because its more homophobic segment.
I am happy that only 14% of Republican voters went for social-conservative Neil Di Carlo, but it was enough to throw the seat to a socialist. Was it worth it? Is the effort to keep marriage limited to heterosexuals worth having a Socialist like Obama in office? When the dollar collapses from the Socialists deficit spending, we can all look at our then worthless IRA´s and 401K´s and remember that many thought it was worth it.
These four RINOs have done more damage to New York than Sandy. Sandy´s damage can be repaired, destroying millenniums worth of human dignity in the sanctity of marriage can´t. Marriage isn´t a political institution. It is a procreation of the species successful strategy. But then again, homosexual copulation was never about the children, its about the hedonistic desires of adults.
It is another issue that the Democrats exploit. The social coercion that the left wing media conducts puts such pressure on one´s psyche to socially conform. It takes great strength of principles to not conform.
What numbers 11 and 12 said. Who cares who marries whom, it is between them and God. Lets worry about budgets, national defense, and the Constitution and let God sort out the social issues individually.
Grisanti (who turned his party affiliation from D-Rat into a RINO) campaigned for election in 2010 saying he´d vote against same-sex marriage, flip-flopped on the eve of the vote. He won re-election in 2012 due to redistricting in his favor.
#11, #12, this issue is not, and never was, about what two males or two females could do together "in their own bedrooms." Every conservative person I know says "That´s a matter of privacy. I´ll keep out of yours, you keep out of mine."
The issue is that legal pseudogamy is no longer private, because it leads by a short, fast route to a huge tangle of public issues, most related to the financial subsidy, and the forcible suppression of normal, traditional, and ethical disagreement.
That´s not something from my paranoid imagination. It´s already happening in every venue that has legalized this unfortunate parody of marriage.
Our decayed public culture can´t even affirm a child´s right to a mom and a dad. Legal pseudogamy opens all the avenues to the cultural penetration of our children with this troubling, disordered sexual ideology.
It´s also a question of democracy: we don´t want this. We don´t have to have it.
It´s not an ´awkward side effect´ to have Democrats replace these republicans. We understood what we were doing and think the state deserves what they voted for. Cuomo and Bloomberg can ´lament´ all they want. They haven´t lost anything, politically; they´ve gained 3 seats in the senate and they get to marry homosexuals and force the rest of us to live with it.
I am leaving this state as soon as my last two children are out of high school, God willing.
This is about religious freedom. Once these relationships receive the country´s seal of approval, religious organizations will be sued for not going along. It is for that reason that so many are fighting this. It is all about protecting the first amendment.
@#9: The Democrats eventually amke everyone a special interest group. They captured the black vote with welfare in 1965. They captured the gay vote with gay marriage, they captured the women`s vote with contraceptives and `women`s health issues` and they`re capturing the ignorant vote with free everything else. Meanwhile, the hapless GOP continue to twiddle their thumbs, tug on Superman`s cape and spit into the wind.
#14 has it right about social conservatives helping to elect socialist candidates, never worrying about the consequences. this is the problem with one issue voters, their emotionally driven much like children, cut off their nose to spite there face. I´m not trying to disparage people private views, but the demand the republican party be the anti sexual party goes against take government off my backs. The exception to this is pro life, as it´s really a life and death issue.
Who cares, right? Well make way for ´close´ inner family marriages, polygamy and bestiality. Oh that´s crazy. Over the top. Could never happen. Gee, this sham ´marriage´ thing is OK, because they are harmless and again, who cares? Well I just read an article about some of our new immigrants from the militant Arab world. They have a tendency to marry first cousins and the resulting genetic defects are just part of that deal. Anyone want to guess if they will be ordered to stop that? If first cousins aren´t a big deal what about within the immediate biological family. Advocates like Singer and others are serious about arguing FOR it. The group marriage crowd already has a media presence, so accept them! I´m not ruling anything else out because we are in a world where anything and everything is justified and if you object, YOU are the problem.
Susan Patton, the Princeton alumna who became famous for her letter urging Ivy League women to use their college years to find a mate, has been denounced as a traitor to feminism, to coeducation, to the university ideal. But really she’s something much more interesting: a traitor to her class. Her betrayal consists of being gauche enough to acknowledge publicly a truth that everyone who’s come up through Ivy League culture knows intuitively —
A New York hedge fund manager allegedly swindles $12 million from a prominent Baltimore family. An Indiana couple is accused of bilking hundreds of customers by charging for free trials of cosmetic products. A financial manager in Texas promises 23-percent returns but absconds with $33.5 million of his investors’ money in a classic Ponzi scheme.All three cases have one thing in common: money that ended up in offshore accounts and trusts set up in tax havens around the world.
Former News Corp president Peter Chernin has bid around $500 million for Hulu, the online video streaming service he helped create in 2007, according to two sources with knowledge of Hulu´s sale process. The website, jointly controlled by News Corp and Walt Disney Co, reached out to potential buyers in March after initially contemplating a deal in which one would buy out the other. It is not clear whether that transaction is still being contemplated.
After lengthy investigations, the Pentagon has determined that three Army generals committed misconduct in separate incidents, adding to an unusually long list of senior military commanders who have been censured over the past year.On Friday, defense officials confirmed that Army Maj. Gen. Ralph O. Baker, the commander of a strategic counterterrorism force on the Horn of Africa, was fired March 28 on charges of sexual misconduct. Two officials familiar with the case said Baker was investigated for allegedly groping a female civilian employee after he had been drinking.
The Obama administration appeared eager Thursday to downplay the North Korean military’s latest threat that it has the final authority to carry out “cutting-edge, smaller, lighter and diversified” nuclear strikes on the United States.“This is just the latest in a long line of aggressive statements,” (Snip)the recent tension between Washington and Pyongyang “does not need to get hotter.”The remarks were the first public reaction from the Obama administration since Wednesday’s claim by the North Korean military that the “moment of explosion is approaching fast” with the possibility of war breaking out “today or tomorrow.”
President Obama´s biggest gaffe yesterday when speaking of California Attorney General Kamala Harris was not in flirtatiously complimenting her as "the best-looking attorney general," but in introducing an observation from the system of beauty into a forum that was about the system of power.What´s that, you say? Irin Carmon does a great job in Salon in laying out the bounds of propriety for when it´s appropriate to talk about a woman´s looks as a general matter. But I´ve long felt we lack a solid theoretical underpinning for easily discussing these issues, and why precisely it is that
Political scientist Charles Murray has never backed away from controversy, but usually his opponents have been liberals. Friday, however, he managed to upset conservatives at the annual conference known as CPAC, where thousands of bewildered Republicans gathered to figure out the way forward after their party’s 2012 electoral defeat. Murray ditched his prepared remarks on “America Coming Apart” in favor of an impromptu admonition to fellow conservatives to accept the legalization of both gay marriage and abortion.
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa. Mandela´s family suggested that wouldn’t happen. So, the Obamas did a photo op in Mandela´s former prison cell. Which Obama’s White House quickly tweeted upon word of the icon´s passing at 95. [Skip] But Obama was also caught staring at television coverage of Mandela’s passing, which became Obama’s Photo of the Day.
Hardly a week goes by without Hillary Clinton receiving another award. Last month she was named a “Global Champion” by the International Medical Corps, received the American Patriot Award at the National Defense University Foundation and the Hermandad Award from the Mexican American Leadership Initiative. [Snip] At this rate, if a bunch of elderly left-wing Swedes toss her the Nobel Peace Prize early on, the way they did to Obama, it will barely rate mention among all the other glittering trophies that have been bestowed on a woman whose only actual accomplishment was being married to a crooked governor with
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News´ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch. The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement. More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private
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Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”