Gay advocacy rhetoric grows heated
Gay operative to Daily News"It's going to be a bloodbath," one gay "operative" tells the Daily News. "We're going to use every single weapon in our quiver to take these people out. We either need to replace them or scare the hell out of them so they do the right thing."
"GAY ACTIVISTS PROMISE BLOOD-BATH" runs the headline in Gotham News.
With tensions soaring, and rhetoric upped , gay advocates are expressing their increasing frustration and anger.
Discontent has increased, stemming from the Maine referendum which overturned gay marriage in that state on the ballot in the November 3 vote, followed rapidly by the defeat by a large margin of 38-24 of the New York gay marriage bill on the Senate floor last week.
Regarding my own opinion, while understanding their considerable frustration, I think it would behoove gay advocates not to use terms such as 'blood bath', which is incendiary and brings the sort of reaction gleaned in this Now Public story by Hugh Askew.
The rhetoric is ratcheted up to 11 after last week's overwhelming rejection of same-sex marriage in the state Senate, which left gay-rights activists reeling. "It's going to be a bloodbath," one gay "operative" tells the Daily News. "We're going to use every single weapon in our quiver to take these people out. We either need to replace them or scare the hell out of them so they do the right thing." Activists say they'll focus their efforts on the Democrats who they feel betrayed them, and number one on the list of Senator Joseph P. Addabbo of Queens.
Some analysts believe that because the alphabetically-advanced Addabbo voted second in the roll call, his "no" sent a message to subsequent swing voters that the measure would not pass, creating a domi-no effect. Addabbo has sought to draw a line between his personal opinion on same-sex marriage (which he refuses to divulge) and the will of his constituency. Speaking to reporters about his vote,he said:
To this day, I have kept my personal belief out of it, and it's still personal...It is my belief, and it's only my belief. I voted, again, the will of the people in my district. First and foremost, I am very thankful to everyone who got me to where I am as a state senator. I am grateful to all those in the gay community that supported me—whether it be financially or with the hours of volunteer work. I'm grateful to them, but never once did I say to anyone or any particular entity what my position was on the issue...
We could talk about it on a morality level, a religious level, a civil rights level, so there's many levels to that one issue of marriage equality, unlike what we voted on here... I pride myself on being an advocate for equal rights, but marriage equality transcends just the issue of equal rights.
Gay activists say they spent more than $1 million to help the Democrats retake the Senate, and the big money gays are now planning to support challengers against some of the eight Democrats who joined the GOP in voting no. These include Sens. Shirley Huntley and George Onorato, both of Queens, and Sen. Bill Stachowski of Buffalo. Embattled Queens Sen. Hiram Monserrate, who faces possible expulsion for assaulting his girlfriend, cast a surprise no vote; he'll be challenged by Assemblyman Jose Peralta, who is backed by party leaders and has voted for gay marriage in the past.
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