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NY Times: behind the scenes

Timothy Kincaid

June 28th, 2011

The New York Times over the weekend had a fascinating article discussing the behind-the-scenes story of the passage of New York’s marriage bill.

The story of how same-sex marriage became legal in New York is about shifting public sentiment and individual lawmakers moved by emotional appeals from gay couples who wish to be wed.

But, behind the scenes, it was really about a Republican Party reckoning with a profoundly changing power dynamic, where Wall Street donors and gay-rights advocates demonstrated more might and muscle than a Roman Catholic hierarchy and an ineffective opposition.

And it was about a Democratic governor, himself a Catholic, who used the force of his personality and relentlessly strategic mind to persuade conflicted lawmakers to take a historic leap.

Marriage happened because billionaire Republicans wanted it, because a nephew refused to speak to his aunt, because the gay groups merged to put goals ahead of ego, because Mayor Bloomberg was tireless, because a major corporation in a key district applied pressure, because the Catholic Church was late and inept, and to a large degree because Governor Cuomo wanted to live up to his father.

But it almost didn’t happen. And the Times covers a few of the more fascinating hurdles along the way.

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Stephen
June 29th, 2011 | LINK

This piece emphasizes the role coming out plays in the advance of civil rights. Because they knew someone gay they started to think, and once they started to think they understood the harm that was being done. It’s one of the better things I’ve read in the Times.

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