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June 16, 2011

I can haz 32 votes?
Posted by Avram Grumer at 10:13 PM * 13 comments

I’ve been getting robo-calls on my landline from the so-called “National Organization for Marriage” (which, contrary to what the name implies, opposes the extension of marriage rights to same-sex couples), asking me to, well, I don’t actually know. The first time, I hung up mid-call; the second message got cut off by our answering machine.

Probably they want me to call our state senator, Eric Adams, and ask him to change his position. Adams is pro-marriage, by which I mean that he supports marriage rights for same-sex couples. NY State’s marriage equality bill has passed the state assembly, and is supported by the governor, so all it needs to do is get through the state senate, and it’s one vote short of doing that. Supporters of marriage equality are trying to convince another Republican to flip over to the pro-marriage side, which would get the bill though. So obviously, an anti-marriage group like NOM wants to flip one of the marriage supporters over to their side. Still, my phone number is a pretty bad choice for them. Adams’s district, the 20th, includes friggin’ Park Slope, one of the most left-leaning neighborhoods in the city. I’m sure Adams knows better than to betray his district on a high-profile issue like this. Maybe NOM thinks I’m a Lubavitcher?

Comments on I can haz 32 votes?:
#1 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: June 17, 2011, 01:19 AM:

The NOMers are on the wrong side of history when even the furniture-makers turn against them.

#2 ::: Jon H ::: (view all by) ::: June 17, 2011, 01:43 AM:

Wouldn't hurt to call Adams and support his current, correct, position.

#3 ::: Nina ::: (view all by) ::: June 17, 2011, 11:32 AM:

I've been calling the undecideds and encouraging other people to do so too, but one of my favourite things to have done recently was to call my assemblyman and senator and thank them for being staunch supporters. (Also I tweeted at them and they tweeted back how proud they were to be doing the right thing.) It was a *really* good feeling after the uncertainty and nervewrackingness of calling the undecideds. Especially since apparently Senator Ball, it is rumoured, has already decided to vote no and is just screwing with the callers.

So thank your senators, if they support marriage equality. It means something for them to know that we support them, when they support us!

#4 ::: nerdycellist ::: (view all by) ::: June 17, 2011, 11:55 AM:

This quote from Republican NY state senator Roy McDonald explaining why he's voting in favor of marriage equality made the rounds on facebook yesterday.

“You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn't black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing... You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, fuck it, I don't care what you think. I'm trying to do the right thing. I'm tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background. I'm trying to do the right thing, and that's where I'm going with this.”

#5 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: June 17, 2011, 12:52 PM:

Wow. nerdycellist, that's really impressive. I never heard of that guy before, but I'm definitely feeling respect for him right now.

#6 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: June 17, 2011, 03:17 PM:

I would urge you to call your state senator and urge him to vote to extend equal matrimonial rights to all.

If you're not a Lubavitcher, Avram, are you perchance a Bobover?

#7 ::: Mandalei ::: (view all by) ::: June 17, 2011, 03:33 PM:

Farley's our senator, and NOM has called us 9 times in the last several weeks. Make that ten, since they just called again. Each time, the recording asks us to vote for the "most important issue of our time. Do you think marriage should only be between one man and one woman?" The answer, always, is "no". After ten "no" answers, I am wondering if they're being tallied at all, or if they're just trying to see if I'll change my mind.

#8 ::: Avram ::: (view all by) ::: June 17, 2011, 08:56 PM:

No, Fragano, but I sometimes eat popovers.

#9 ::: Tom Whitmore ::: (view all by) ::: June 17, 2011, 10:29 PM:

If the next question is about combovers, I'm so out of here....

#10 ::: Anne Sheller ::: (view all by) ::: June 17, 2011, 11:51 PM:

I usually sleep on my left side, but sometimes I turnover.....Hey, get over it!

#11 ::: Melissa Mead ::: (view all by) ::: June 18, 2011, 06:32 AM:

Yay, Sen. McDonald!

#12 ::: Dr. Psycho ::: (view all by) ::: June 28, 2011, 04:46 PM:

The National Opponents of Marriage can still point with pride to the Denial of Marriage Act -- at least until it reaches the Supreme Court, where I predict the majority opinion will be adequately summarized with, "What part of 'full faith and credit' did you not understand?"

#13 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: June 28, 2011, 06:55 PM:

From your lips to the gods' ears, Dr. Psycho...or at any rate to Justice Kennedy's.

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