The Rod 2.0 lovefest for the nation's black and gay friendly governors continues. In The Empire Zone, the state politics blog of The New York Times, there is a nice profile of Gov. David Paterson. It seems the gov has become "something of a celebrity since he directed state agencies to recognize the legal marriages of same-sex couples.
But Mr. Paterson has unexpectedly discovered that some of the people who are most grateful to him for issuing the order are, in fact, parents with a gay son or a lesbian daughter.
The governor said in an interview last week that he had been approached by several people who expressed their gratitude. “What struck me were the straight people who came up to me,” he said. “This has happened four or five times since. They’ll say: ‘We’re so glad you did this. Our daughter is gay or our son is gay.’ I found that to be so very touching.”
One evening two weeks ago, while he was having dinner with his wife, Michelle Paige Paterson, at a restaurant at 105th Street and Broadway, the governor said, a man and a woman approached him, introduced themselves, and then each hugged him. Their son was gay, they told Mr. Paterson, and they wanted to let the governor know how thankful they were about his policy.
More on Pateron's charming anecdote on the two older gay black men who were a couple and friends to his family when he was growing up in Harlem. These two men babysat and helped the future governor with his schoolwork, and, apparently, were also known to the Rev. Al Sharpton who recently called Paterson and joked that he "was calling on behalf of Uncle Stanley and Uncle Ronald, saying I’d be in trouble for outing them."
Deb Price's new column in the Detroit News also notes the gay-friendly politics of David Paterson, Deval Patrick and Barack Obama and writes, "Something very powerful and special is happening within the black community to counterbalance the often unaccepting messages from the black church." Deb Price is absolutely right.
Some Background ...
Poll: NY Support Paterson's Gay Marriage Directive [R20]
Paterson Orders NY to Recognize SSM [R20]
Harlem Reacts to Paterson's Marriage Directive [R20]
Opposition Grows to Marriage Recognition in NYS [R20]
Paterson Promises Support for Same Sex Marriage [R20]
Paterson and Wife Admit Extramarital Affairs [R20]
Paterson Sworn In as NYs First Black Governor [R20]
Spitzer Implicated in Prostitution Ring [R20]
Spitzer Keeps Promise: Gay Marriage Bill Introduced [R20]
Spitzer Will Introduce Gay Marriage Bill [R20]
News: Same-Sex Marriage in New York [R20]
Court: No Gay Marriage in New York [R20]
News: Meet New York's Lt. Governor [R20]
Slim Majority in CA Want to Ban Gay Marriage [R20]
CA Supreme Court Overturns Marriage Ban [R20]
Schwarzengger: Gay Marriage Good for Economy [R20]
Clinton, Obama's Bland Statements on CA Marriage [R20]
Pope Reiterates Opposition to Same Sex Marriage [R20]
CA Poll: Majority Back Gay Marriage [R20]