Calling Gillibrand's Same-Sex Bluff
Amid a long string of disappointing weakness from the Obama White House over the last couple weeks, New York State gives us a bright spot of hope. Yesterday, New York Governor David Paterson introduced legislation to legalize same-sex marriage.
In reaction to Paterson’s initiative, New York’s very new U.S. senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, released the following supportive statement: “New York and the nation are ready to start a new chapter. The time has come for full marriage equality. I commend the Governor for his leadership on this important issue. If Iowa can do it, so can we.”
If Iowa can do it, so can we? We, Senator Gillibrand? You mean, those of you in the United States Senate? You’re calling for Congress to pass legislation legalizing same sex marriage?
Great! I agree. So, looking up the legislation you’ve introduced into the Senate… um… Senator Gillibrand, there is no such legislation.
When you said “we” could pass legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, you didn’t mean the Senate, did you? No, it seems that by “we”, you meant someone else – the New York state legislature.
It’s not too late to remedy this oversight, Senator Gillibrand. You could prepare national legislation legalizing same sex marriage to officially introduce to the U.S. Senate by Monday morning, if you wanted to. After all, Senator, if Iowa can do it, why can’t you?