The Journal News • June 22, 2008
Religious lobbyists on both sides of the contentious gay-marriage debate are digging in for an all-out battle over Gov. David Paterson's call for state agencies to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.
Opponents of the directive, who feel a particular sense of urgency, are developing long-term strategies to portray gay marriage as a threat to their religious freedom and to keep control of the state Senate in Republican hands.
On Thursday, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, an evangelical lobbying group, drew 250 ministers to the Capitol in Albany to promise a relentless fight against Paterson's directive.
"Quite a few pastors came up to me and said, 'When are you scheduling another one?' " said the Rev. Duane Motley, founder and head of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms. "We're trying to put pressure directly on the governor. If there is a large outcry, a groundswell of public opinion, he might back down. He seems to be letting his staff run his office."
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This is the same old story played out to it's final conclusion here in Massachusetts already. These people feel threatened by their neighbors having the same liberties they do. Since they cannot prove those fears are based on facts in order to convince the moderate middle to be on their side, they now attempt to force their will upon others whatever way they can. I find it ironic that the name of the group doing this is "New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms", yet DENYING freedom is their goal. The name reminds me of all the communist countries that used "democratic" in their name.
One thing seems certain, groups like these are fooling less people than they used to. Ever since Greg Kimball wrote an article on KnowThyNeighbor.org I can't help but smile when I see the word "groundswell" used by our opposition. This case is the same as when Greg addressed Kris Mineau in his article, "It's looks like your groundswell needs Viagra."