O’Donnell on a marriage-equality plank at the convention: ‘The path to marriage equality is through the states’
Earlier this month, the New York State Democratic Party chairman, Jay Jacobs, signed on to a petition calling for the Democratic National Committee to make the legalization of same-sex marriage the Democratic Party's official position at the national convention. He would presumably not have done this without the assent, of not the urging, of the party's de facto leader, Andrew Cuomo, whose successful push for marriage-equality in New York is a component of his prospective future presidential bid.
Related: The Associated Press moved a story today about "impatient gay-rights groups" who want Obama to endorse same-sex marriage.
I asked Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, the prime sponsor of New York's same-sex marriage law, if the party should adopt this issue at their national convention. His answer was, effectively, who cares.
"The path to marriage equality is through the states, and if we put it in the platform that's not going to change much," he told me.
I asked whether he thought Obama would lose votes if he endorsed same-sex marriage.
O'Donnell said it was unlikely.
"The people who would be most profoundly upset or disappointed with that position aren't voting for you anyway. So I don't really think anyone who is rabidly against my equality is really pulling a lever for Barack Obama, one way or another."
More on gay-rights groups pushing to make same-sex marriage part of the platform at the Democratic convention. [Associated Press]
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"Rangel: Seniors Are Never Too Old to Play" [Rangel.House.gov]
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Bloomberg's 9-1-1 Report
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City Hall is fighting a legal challenge to its withholding of the full report. [NY1]
Bloomberg's plan to cut $7 million for homeless LGBT youth is criticized loudly. [Joe.My.God]
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Monserrate lost the 2006 race but was re-elected to the State Senate in 2008. [Associated Press]
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Pedro Espada was fined $80,000 for hiring his uncle. [Glenn Blain]
Rangel's campaign flier featuring Obama. [Capital]