New York Governor David Paterson took some time today to reinforce his groundbreaking gay marriage edict. For those of you not paying attention, Paterson ordered all state agencies to accommodate out-of-state same-sex nuptials. Sensing a shit storm on the horizon, Paterson deflected calls that he’s acting out of order…
[Paterson said he] will continue to push for it in the future, this was not an “end run around the Legislature” but merely his interpretation of current laws on the books.
“I’m following the law as it always has existed,” he said.
Asked to respond to critics of the directive, he said, “I would suggest that if they went back and read the law, that they would come to a different interpretation themselves, even if they disagree with the concept of marriage equality.
“If I didn’t take this action,” he added, “I would leave this state open to law suits. I would leave the state treasury open to monetary damages.”
While we surely agree with Paterson’s remarks, not everyone in New York agrees. For example, Rev. Duane Motley of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has already started rallying his troops against Paterson’s initiative. Motley, however, has far less power than Senate majority leader Joseph Bruno, who has yet to decide how he’ll approach the matter. Said the Republican: “I’m not going to second-guess it because I haven’t seen it. I don’t know the ramifications of this.”
Nor do we, Bruno, but we’re hoping you don’t get too hot and bothered over it.