Despite plunging approval ratings David Paterson, the Governor of New York, has announced plans to introduce a bill which legalizes gay marriage in the state. Apparently the bill is the same one approved by the state Assembly in 2007 but rejected by the then Republican controlled Senate.
Opponents, led by Senator Ruben Diaz from the Bronx, an Evangelical Christian Pastor, have vowed to fight the governor tooth and nail.
The AP quotes Gov. Paterson as saying "Rights should not be stifled by fear. What we should understand is that silence should not be a response to injustice."
Diaz in the meantime was reported as meeting with religious leaders on how to block the bill and is reported to have said that it was “disrespectful” to introduce the bill in the same week that the new Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, was installed.
Perhaps Paterson should have checked with the Pope first? There’s that respect that some people seem to think religion rates automatically again.
Diaz then expanded the battlefront by saying “It's a challenge the governor is sending to every religious person in New York and the time for us has come for us to accept the challenge.”
What an asshole. I really don’t understand the attitude. Nobody is telling you to abandon your superstition. All Paterson wants to do is extend equal rights to gays.
All religions are nonsense but most you can live with. Evangelical Christianity is an exception. It is the enemy, the enemy of liberty, the enemy of science, the enemy of democracy and the enemy of civilization. I fear we won’t be safe from religious tyranny until all the Evangelical Christian churches are a big pile of ashes.