Thomas Duane, AIDS-Related Traffic Nuisance

New York’s gay State Sen. Thomas Duane was among 18 arrested by police yesterday during an AIDS protest that had demonstrators lying down in the middle of Broadway in NYC, all because Gov. David Paterson has vetoed a bill that would’ve ensured the HIV-positive poor wouldn’t have to spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent — which would impact some 10,000 residents. The demonstration held up traffic for about 10 minutes, thus having roughly the same effect as a double parked car.