Yesterday the New York state Assembly passed a gay-marriage bill
, paving the way for it to go to the state Senate, where the real drama begins. The state Senate has a Republican majority, but two Republicans and three conservative Democrats who previously opposed gay marriage now say they will do the right thing
and vote for it
, and the bill is just one vote short of what it needs for passage. New York state voters support gay marriage 58%-to-36%
. The state Senate vote could come today or tomorrow.
Tuesday saw another victory, when a federal court in California rejected the bigots' claim
that Judge Vaughn Walker should have recused himself from the Prop. 8 case because he is himself gay and might choose to marry if it were legal. The argument was a bizarre one; by such "logic", a black judge would have to recuse himself from a black civil-rights case, a woman judge could not rule on a women's-rights case, etc.