Most Americans do not agree with "gay marriage" and traditional marriage has served as the backbone of Western civilization, but why should a serial adulterer like David Paterson care? Especially when you consider that with his current approval rating hovering around 19%, Paterson has to do anything he can to win back his liberal base so he can get re-elected. Indeed, for liberals, marriage has become nothing but another instrument to exploit their self-serving, immoral agenda--and the needy pols are right there along with them to open the door.
Mr. Paterson’s move, which he first signaled last week after Vermont became the fourth state to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed, reflects the governor’s desire to press the issue with lawmakers in Albany as other states move ahead with efforts to grant more civil rights to homosexuals.
The action in Vermont, where state legislators overrode Gov. Jim Douglas’s veto of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, came less than a week after the Iowa Supreme Court granted same-sex couples the right to marry.
Mr. Paterson has said in recent days that the State Legislature should move ahead now with the legislation regardless of whether it can muster enough votes. His reasoning, which some gay rights advocates have challenged, is that New York should make a statement that it is committed to treating same-sex couples the same way it treats opposite-sex couples.The announcement will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Mr. Paterson’s office in Midtown Manhattan, said people who were briefed on the governor’s plans but who asked not to be identified because they did not want to upstage the governor.