Mayor Bloomberg Reaffirms Support For Gay Marriage
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg is reaffirming his support for gay marriage, just before the state's highest court hears a case this week on whether the city can issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Although the state's Court of Appeals is only considering legalizing same sex marriages in the city, city lawyers have said the mayor will call for a statewide ruling to avoid confusion.
On his radio show Sunday, Bloomberg threw his support behind gay marriage.
"If the Court of Appeals rules that same-sex marriages are legal, then we'll perform them,” said the mayor. “If they rule the other way, our administration will begin working with the State Legislature for a new law that establishes marriage equality for all New Yorkers, and will do so in partnership with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the growing number of elected and civic leaders who stand with us.”
The mayor said he opposes a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages, which could go up against some barriers in Congress.
On Sunday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist defended a constitutional ban on gay marriage.
“Activist judges, un-elected activist judges are tearing down state laws in nine states today. That's why I will take it to the floor of the Senate simply to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman," said Frist.
The senator, a Republican from Tennessee, is considering a run for the White House in 2008.
It's not easy when you are a Republican mayor who appears to have more in common with the Democratic Party. That's the problem Mayor Bloomberg finds himself in. NY1’s Rita Nissan filed this report.
Mayor Bloomberg joined the Memorial Day celebration in Whitestone, Queens, on Monday. You could say he's been celebrating quite a bit recently - celebrating his status as a moderate.
“I would characterize myself as perhaps a social liberal, fiscal conservative,” he said.
The Democrat-turned-Republican says he's not beholden to anyone. He's proving the point, launching crusades on several fronts; immigration, illegal guns, global warming and stem cell research.
The mayor says he's against policies that don't work, not fellow Republicans.
“I don't think there's anything partisan about anything I've talked about,” he said.
His latest foray into national politics came Sunday, with his radio address. Bloomberg says the city will perform gay marriages if the state's highest court gives the okay.
“I don’t think it’s the government's business who marries who. I think it's a personal thing between two people,” said Bloomberg.
He's been much more outspoken since the start of his second term, prompting reporters to keep asking whether he'll run for president.
“I have no intention of running for any other office,” he responded.
But each time he puts himself in the middle of a national debate, you have to wonder, what's he really up to?
- Rita Nissan