Sen. Chuck Schumer was uncharacteristically shy last week, when asked about a controversial amendment to his big immigration bill, which would include certain provisions recognizing same-sex couples.
"I thought it was a very good oral argument," Rep. Jerry Nadler told Capital this afternoon, after attending the Supreme Court's hearing on the Defense of Marriage Act. "I was encouraged by it. I'm optimistic."
The attorneys arguing for and against same-sex marriage at the Supreme Court today agreed on one thing: the justices have it within their power to decide the issue, and they should do it.
"That is the one thing on which I wholeheartedly agree with my friend Mr. Olson," said Charles Cooper, who argued for the California referendum that banned same-sex marriage, referring to his counterpart, former solicitor general Ted Olson, who was arguing against the referendum.(1)
Sharpton calls for a vote on the "paid sick time" bill, but doesn't mention Quinn. [NationalActionNetwork.net]
NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly said creating an inspector general for his department would make the city "less safe." [Jill Colvin]
Only two members of Congress were among the several dozen Republicans who signed on to a legal brief asserting the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, and one of them was upstate Rep. Richard Hanna.
Hanna's signature comes in defiance of last fall's election results, when three the of four Republicans in the State Senate who voted with Democrats to pass same-sex marriage were defeated at the polls. In the eyes of same-sex marriage opponents, what Hanna did was even worse.(3)
Manhattan G.O.P. chair Dan Isaacs last night said he and his committee are scheduled to meet with supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis and former M.T.A. chair Joe Lhota in the next two weeks.(1)
State Senator Stephen Saland officially conceded his race to his Democratic challenger Terry Gipson. [Ariel Zangla]
Governor Andrew Cuomo lamented the loss of a pro-gay marriage Republican in "today's political environment." [Nick Reisman]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today that his new super PAC's involvement in this year's election as something of a test run for his post-mayoral ambitions.
"We'll win some races, we'll lose some of these, but it's sort of to get our feet wet," he said during his regular Friday morning radio show appearance. "And then two years from now, when I don't have to worry about just what's good for New York City—I'm gonna live here the rest of my life, my kids are gonna live here, I'm gonna live in New York State, I'm gonna live in America, so I care about all these levels of government—but I'll be freer to do more in a couple of years."
"7,974 people, I'll never forget the number, weighed in on this issue for me," Democratic state senator Joseph Addabbo said. "74 perct wanted me to vote yes. I voted yes."
Republican opponent Eric Ulrich said, "When we make decisions as elected officials, we do not stick our finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing."
"[W]hen Governor O’Malley asked me to support Question 6, I didn’t hesitate," Bloomberg wrote in a letter featured on the website of the main same-sex marriage advocacy group in Maryland.
Here's a page from the Marylanders for Marriage Equality web site, urging supporters to help make Maryland "the first state ever to pass marriage equality."
BALLSTON SPA—The next paragraph in the gay rights narrative will be written here, in a windowless vault filled with old paper and softly quibbling lawyers, next week.
"I was praying, I was praying, I was praying he was going to come in," McGuire said. "I mean, it would have been the kiss of death. He wisely said he's no assistance to these Republicans, and chose to stay out."
Dozens of the celebrities, big-money donors and political operatives who teamed up on the successful push for a gay-marriage bill in New York assembled for cocktails on Thursday night at Jimmy, the lush rooftop bar of the James Hotel in Soho, where they listened carefully to a governor whose name is not Andrew Cuomo.