In a major blow to the gay rights movement, the state Senate overwhelmingly killed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage on Wednesday.Oh sure, just a temporary setback. Like when a 32-0 defeat is proclaimed a moral victory and you vow to prevail the next time.
After two-and-half hours of passionate debate, the Senate voted the measure down 38-24.
New York now joins a list of 31 other states, most recently Maine, to shoot down gay marriage.
None of the Senate's 30 Republicans voted for the measure.
Of the 32 Democrats, 24 voted for it, eight against.
Sen. Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) noted that the five states that have approved gay marriage did so through legislation.
"When the people had the opportunity to vote [on a referendum], the people have rejected it, " Diaz said.
Advocates called the rejection disappointing but insisted it was just temporary set back. They vowed to continue fighting.
It's over, folks. Get over it. The overwhelming majority does not support it. What part of that do you not understand? Coming on the heels on Prop 8 in California, I'd venture to say the behavior of the militant gay community has done more to damage the cause than any perceived "homophobia" out there. Blindly dismissing this defeat will only lead to more isolation. At some point, clear thinking needs to prevail and civil unions need to be accepted as the standard in most of these states. When only a handful of states have passed it in their legislatures and the public defeats it every time, you have a couple of choices: Deal with it or move to those states.
Read the rest of the story if you want the usual hysterical reaction from some Democrats. Again they fail to realize how much they're hurting their own cause.