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Dave Valesky Being Persuaded Of Need for Marriage Equality

In New York State, the drive to pass marriage equality legislation is bearing good fruit. It isn’t just moving toward legislative success, with passage in the state Assembly, and a vote to come this month in the state Senate. The movement is also breaking open public discussions of the status of non-heterosexuals in New York. People are talking about ideas in a new way, and hearing voices they hadn’t paid attention to before.

jcliffordThose people include politicians. Last week, I referred to a group of five Democrats in the New York State Senate who were planning to vote against equal marriage rights. This week, it appears that one of those Democrats may be peeling away from that group of resistance. David Valesky has stated that he’s changed from opposition to open consideration of marriage equality.

The reason for this change? He’s met with constituents who are being discriminated against by New York’s current, outdated marriage restrictions. Valesky is seeing these people in person, as they are, not the freaks he might otherwise imagine them to be. One can see by his statements that Senator Valesky is also learning to understand the debate not as about granting rights to same-sex couples, but as a matter of equality, in which the rights people already have need to be respected in the law.

Activism in favor of same sex marriage seems to be working. Keep it up, New York.

10 thoughts on “Dave Valesky Being Persuaded Of Need for Marriage Equality”

  1. Anonymous says:

    The idea of gay marrige and good fruit can not go together in the same sentence… They are opposites

  2. Jim says:

    In your mind. Finish the sentence.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I did. That is all I have to say. Gay marrige is bad fruit

    1. J. Clifford says:

      Has it occurred to you that many people might disapprove of your marriage? What makes it your job to tell people that they cannot get married, just because you don’t approve? Are we now to have marriage only when everybody approves? Are we going to have elected marriage boards that have to vote to approve or disapprove all requests of people to get married? Was the marriage of Britney Spears to Kevin Federline good fruit? What makes the difference? Why allow that bad fruit, if you want to ban what you see as the bad fruit of same-sex marriage?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I dont really care what those people might think…

    Heres what I do care about
    -God lists “homosexual offenders” among “the wicked” (1 Corinthians 6:9).

    -God lists “homosexual offenders” among those who He determines will “not inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9).

    -God’s word defines the men of Sodom as “sinning greatly” because of their men having sex with men (Genesis 13:13; 19:5).

    – God’s word identifies husband-wife relations as “natural relations” and homosexual relations as “unnatural ones” (Romans 1:26-27) and “perversion” (vs. 27).

    -God’s word also rebukes those who “approve of those who practice” homosexuality (Romans 1:32).

    -Jesus settled the marriage issue once for all, declaring that God had made them “male and female … a man … [and] his wife” (Matthew 19:4-5).

    1. J. Clifford says:

      God lists those things? Where? On his web site? Oh, you mean the Bible… which was written by who – God? With his divine pens, and heavenly ink? The same Bible that lists eating lobster as a sin?

      1. Jacob says:

        Funny, if God had a cut and paste website you would be more liely to follow him. Now I know you have lost your mind…

  5. Anonymous says:

    two types of OT rules. Sins and laws. Different. Sins remain, the law was fulfilled in Jesus Christ…

  6. Kevin says:

    so that’s fine you can let them get married and have your god punish them…

    it’s a win-win!

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