Sunday, December 13, 2009

Protests about the New York gay marriage vote

Protesters New York State Sen. Carl Kruger X390 (NBC) | ADVOCATE.COMCarl Kruger was one of eight Democrats to vote against same-sex marriage.  Complicating his vote are rumors that he is a closeted gay man.  Photos of Senator Kruger in various gay settings have been circulating around the Internet.  The anger at Senator Kruger has intensified over the past few days, as explained in this article taken from The Advocate.  

I think this is a very tricky issue.  If the bottom line is to bring same-sex marriage to New York, I do wonder if humiliating this man is helpful.  Will this change his mind on the next vote?  I understand the anger completely.  I get why people are protesting his home.  What I'm not convinced is that a carefully planned campaign to oust him in the next election would be more productive.  Then again, I'm not an activist who knows the ropes. 
Here's the article:  

Protest Hits NY Senator's Front Yard

A group of activists gathered outside of New York state senator Carl Kruger’s Brooklyn front yard Sunday, protesting Kruger’s decision to vote against marriage equality earlier month, NBC reported.

Kruger, a Democrat, was one of 38 senators—and eight Democrats—who voted against extending marriage rights to gay people in the state. Since the vote, some activists have called the unmarried Kruger’s sexual orientation into question.

After the protest, organizer Corey Johnson addressed the senator in a post on his own Facebook page: “We’re not going to leave you alone Carl. You came into our homes with your vote—it’s time for us to continue to go to your house until you do the right thing.”

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