Gay City News publishes an extensive interview with New York Gov. David Paterson, who explains his reasons for introducing a marriage equality proposal now and despite the state's massive budget problems.
The governor tells Paul Schindler at Gay City News: "So many advocates were so devastated by Proposition 8 they didn't even know how to respond when marriage equality was being discussed as a political football in the battle over the Senate leadership at the end of last year. Then it was being discussed that the governor wouldn't even introduce a program bill this year.. That's when I decided to put a stop to that discussion."
The governor responds to his conservative critics and takes particular aim at former New York City mayor and has-been presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani. "Asked to comment on the harsh criticism Giuliani, a potential opponent in the 2010 election, leveled at him over his push for marriage equality, the governor said, 'I think he is living half a generation behind, thinking like people were in 1993 when he became mayor'."
Giuliani's comments were made the same day a Siena Poll showed New Yorkers support marriage equality by a 53-39 margin. Giuliani, the three-times married Roman Catholic serial adulterer, is now opposed to same-sex marriage "because of his religious beliefs."
The Governor Speaks Out [GCN]