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Finally, Bloomberg Pushes The Senate On Same-Sex Marriage
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Finally, Bloomberg Pushes The Senate On Same-Sex Marriage

By Elizabeth Benjamin

Mayor Bloomberg has added his voice to the gay marriage debate in the Senate, sending an eleventh-hour missive to all 62 members of the chamber that urges them to hold an up-or-down vote on the measure in the name of "democracy."

"The bill advances the fundamental democratic idea that government should treat all people equally and that all persons stand equal before the law," Bloomberg writes.

"It also removes a government intrusion into the personal liberty of New Yorkers; government has no business dictating to consenting adults whom they may or may not marry."

"I understand the hesitation that some may have to undertake such a change, but this is an issue that cuts across traditional divides. The issue is not the exclusive domain of libertarians, liberals or conservatives; it is a matter of removing the state as a barrier to personal relationships; it is a matter of basic fairness; it is a matter of family stability."


Setting aside the question of whether it's wise for a man accused by his opponents of subverting democracy to suit his own political needs and "nannyism" with his bans on smoking, trans-fats and salt to adopt this kind of reasoning, the timing of the mayor's letter seems a bit on the too-little-too-late side.

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