Four Republican Legislators Targetted by New York Conservative Party

The Conservative Party of New York has decided to target four Republican Party legislators, all of whom received the endorsements of the Conservative Party and all of whom voted for the Gay Marriage measure that recently passed both houses and was signed into law.

It is difficult to construct an argument against marriage rights for gay people that doesn’t sound like an argument against gay people. Mike Long and his fellow partisans, like many conservatives nationwide, build their case on what they call “the defense of traditional marriage.” No society in history, they told me repeatedly, has extended marriage rights to homosexuals, and so we shouldn’t risk the unraveling of civilization by starting now. (Apparently they don’t count the 10 countries, from Canada to South Africa, where gays may legally marry and civilization endures.) I’ve had a few conversations with Long, trying to understand what harm they think they are defending marriage from. In one conversation I recounted my own classic wedding at the Holy Name of Jesus church, and wondered how somebody else’s less conventional marriage could diminish the joy of it.

“Well, I don’t think it hurts anybody,” Long replied, “but I think a society has to have certain standards, and since the beginning of time, marriage has been between a man and a woman.” Marriage, he elaborated, is about children. “You’re not going to procreate children with same-sex couples.”

The article is very long, five pages in all, but involves a good bit of dialogue with third party figures and candidates who received third party nominations.

 

8 thoughts on “Four Republican Legislators Targetted by New York Conservative Party

  1. paulie

    Marriage, he elaborated, is about children. “You’re not going to procreate children with same-sex couples.”

    There are plenty of heterosexual couples that can’t have children. Some are too old. Some don’t want to. Some have had surgery to make it impossible. Some are physically unable to conceive. Is the CPNYS going to test all prospective couples for the ability to have children before allowing licenses to be issued?

    Marriage equality: it’s a matter of when, not if.

  2. Deran

    “the most influential of the minor parties that complicate the state’s politics, ”

    I notice that in the first paragraph the Times gets in a dig at non-Democrats and Republicans.

    I should be so lucky to live in a state with such complicated politics!

  3. Pete Healey

    Complicated is exactly what this situation will be, since these four represent the Republicans’ best hope of retaining their majority in the New York State Senate. It remains to be seen whether the Conservative Party here will campaign actively against these four and risk that majority, or if this will just be “taking a stand on principle” with no practical effect on the races involved.

  4. Gene Berkman

    So Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich think that if gays are allowed to marry, it will be a threat to their marriages.

    Gays were not allowed to marry when Newt divorced his first wife. Ditto for Rush. Wonder what threat tore apart their marriages then.

    Gays were not allowed to marry when Newt divorced his second wife. Ditto for Rush. Wonder threat tore apart their marriages.

    Maybe enough states had legalized gay marriage to give Rush an excuse for ending his third marriage. If that is the case, why did he take a chance and marry a fourth time?

    Anyway, bravo to the 4 Republican state legislators who backed non-discriminatory marriage. And we now know how far the New York Conservative Party is from Goldwater’s vision of limited government.

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