In a new interview with Gay City News, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg discusses mayoral opponent and NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson. After suggesting the governor's marriage equality bill has "zero" chance of passage this year, Bloomberg implies only he can influence key Republican state senators. Bloomberg says Gov. David Paterson and Thompson will renege on long-standing commitments to marriage equality to appease "the conservative...black community."
Despite the fact that the number of states with legal gay marriage quickly shot up to six this past spring, the mayor said, "I ‘m scared to death that the country is going in the wrong direction… I think on other LGBT issues they are clearly moving in the direction that I think they should go and you probably do too. It’s the marriage thing that I don’t see."
Even in New York, where Paterson and his predecessor Eliot Spitzer have been outspoken in supporting gay marriage, Bloomberg argued, "Whether anybody who runs for governor next year will stand up for gay marriage, I’ll bet you 25 cents no."
Though the Democrats did finally achieve a majority in the State Senate last November, the mayor who vows to deliver Republican votes views the composition of the Democratic caucus as a bar to action. "There are a lot of traditional Democratic communities that are very conservative," he said. "The black community is very conservative. The Latino. You know, I don’t win any points with these communities when I go in their churches and point out I’m very pro-choice. I’m very pro-gay rights. I’m anti-gun. I’m very pro-immigration. I believe in Darwin."
Without exception, the Democrat has beaten the mayor to the punch in
advocating major pro-gay positions. Thompson was already supportive of
gay marriage when first elected comptroller in 2001; Bloomberg voiced
his support only in February 2005, the same day he announced he would
appeal a pro-marriage equality ruling from a Manhattan district court
judge ... Bloomberg and his campaign are making the argument that now, when
it counts, Thompson, who hopes to galvanize people of color communities
in November, has lost his voice on gay rights.
As the administrator of the New York City Pension Funds, Thompson has been among the most aggressive champions of socially responsible investing on Wall Street and has forced dozens of Fortune 500 companies to develop gay-rights employment policies.
Full interview at Gay City News.