Friday, May 15, 2009

Conservative? So what's the deal with that?

From the New York Times, May 12 article on the passage of the Marriage Equality in the NYS Senate:

The Conservative Party is also applying pressure: it has threatened to strip its party affiliation and its ballot line from any politician who votes for same-sex marriage.

“We can’t look the other way,” said Michael R. Long, the party’s chairman, who added that he had informed the Republican leaders of the Senate and the Assembly of his threat to take away the Conservative ballot line — which in some elections can mean the difference of thousands of votes — from anyone who votes yes on the bill.

“We’re going to work as hard as we can in the next few weeks,” he said. “We intend to do everything we can possible with phone calls, memos, press releases, having our members call senators.”

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This is so bizarre to me. The Conservative Party is all about civil liberty, less government control and intrusion into private life. So why are they so obsessed about mine?

I have honest disagreement with conservatives about many issues. But I am at a loss as to how to even debate this. All of their logic seems to be on the side of marriage equality.

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