Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Times Square Rally

It's too late for me to start writing about today's disappointing but unsurprising New York State Senate defeat of the marriage equality bill, so for now I'll just post pictures from the rally that occurred in Times Square tonight in response to the decision.


  1. I was so shocked to hear this bill didn't pass in New York. Of all the states I would have thought New York would be one of the first to pass the bill.

  2. Gay Guy in London: Wow, "Gay Guy" takes on a whole new meaning when talking about a guy in London. I would think you'd be rather more nervous than usual around November 5. Anyway, thanks for posting.

    My father used to tell me about how, when he was in the Army during WWII, everyone he spoke to from outside the state thought of New York State as New York City. This misconception has not changed, and I suspect that it's the reason for your surprise. I grew up in farming country in the middle of the state, and I wasn't surprised. There's a whole wide-open state full of farms and forests, and in my experience folks there are as antagonistic to people in New York City as the latter are to the former. Each defines themselves as not that Other which they so scorn. Look in most any small-town newspaper in the state and you will did screeds about how the state capital of Albany is nothing but a shill for New York City. People believe themselves to be cheated out of state resources by the influence of the city.

    I think that this all helps reinforce deeply-entrenched antipathy toward progressive notions. When you have the option of dismissing an idea as being shat out of the corrupt, self-absorbed city that does nothing but bleed off the real, honest, hard-working people, it's harder to consider it by its intrinsic merits.

    With that said, I have to once more pound the drum that I've been whacking away at since yesterday: Of the eight Democrats who voted "No" yesterday, only TWO were from outside the city. That's right. Six of the eight were representatives of areas within the city. So conservative sentiments run a lot deeper here than one might think.