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Former NY Gubernatorial Candidate Suozzi for Marriage Equality

Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, a practicing Catholic who came out against same-sex marriage in favor of civil unions in his primary for governor against Eliot Spitzer in 2006, came out swinging for marriage equality in the New York Times:

Suozzi  "I was wrong. I have listened to many well-reasoned and well-intentioned arguments both for and against same-sex marriage. And as I talked to gays and lesbians and heard their stories of pain, discrimination and love, my platitudes about civil unions began to ring hollow. I have struggled to find the solution that best serves the common good. I now support same-sex marriage. This is a subject of great debate before the New York State Legislature (although the legislators there are a little distracted right now), and I hope that same-sex civil marriage will be approved within the month...Many civil marriages are not considered 'holy matrimony' by religious institutions because they do not conform to the rules of the religious institution. Those marriages have not challenged religious liberty. We must see that civil marriage, which has always been separate from religious marriage, will remain so.But most important, gays and lesbians have suffered too long from legal discrimination, social marginalization and even violence. They are entitled to clear recognition of their equal status as citizens of a country that is founded on the principle that we are all inherently worthy."

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  1. Very well stated. I respect him for admitting his view was wrong, and even more so, for speaking up on his new position instead of trying to keep a low profile to retain conservative votes.

    Posted by: sparks | Jun 15, 2009 10:48:53 AM


  2. Good man. : )

    Posted by: PM | Jun 15, 2009 10:49:48 AM


  3. Wow, he is more progressive then Obama

    Posted by: Doctor Boyfriend. | Jun 15, 2009 11:12:28 AM


  4. sounds like a thoughtful man with some principles besides "me first.'

    Posted by: ben in oakland | Jun 15, 2009 11:40:03 AM


  5. Don't tell us this, Mr. Suozzi.

    Tell those overpaid and underworked state senators including the GOP leader who is from Nassau County.

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Jun 15, 2009 11:43:21 AM


  6. Wow. He should run for governor again. It's nice to see that the Italian American leadership in both parties is not entirely beholden to the bigotry of the Vatican and the Knights of Columbus.

    Posted by: Gabriel | Jun 15, 2009 12:36:17 PM


  7. He makes the case very well. Better than most of "our" advocacy groups by far.

    Posted by: jmdrwac | Jun 15, 2009 12:42:24 PM


  8. I'm glad he and Bruno (and I'm sure other folks who were against marriage equality) are coming out in favor of it now, as the time for a vote will lapse because one group of Senatorial babies won't give the other group of Senatorial babies the keys to the drawer. Perfect timing guys!

    Posted by: Bruno | Jun 15, 2009 12:50:23 PM


  9. "I have listened to many well-reasoned and well-intentioned arguments both for and against same-sex marriage. And as I talked to gays and lesbians and heard their stories of pain, discrimination and love, my platitudes about civil unions began to ring hollow. I have struggled to find the solution that best serves the common good. I now support same-sex marriage."

    SEE!!! "Well-intentioned....heard their stories..." Conversation works WAY better than threats. Lets keep this part of our fight up!!

    Posted by: BC | Jun 15, 2009 1:36:50 PM


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