Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

"We have nothing to fear from love and commitment."

I'm still digesting the failure of the gay marriage bill in the New York Senate. Shock and anger mingle with resignation. I mean, I know it's going to happen some day. But, on balance, I'm more angry than I am resigned. And even though, obviously, this is not an issue that has a personal effect on me, there are a million reasons to feel irate about it. I'm not going to list them here, because this speech by Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) is an amazing summary of almost every reason why this bill should have passed. We've been listening here in the office to different speeches throughout the day, and most of them are exactly what you'd expect, but do me a favor and take the seven minutes to listen to this address. It is deeply powerful, completely rational, and utterly correct. I'd never heard of Sen. Savino before today, but I'm moved and extremely impressed. I hope the bill gets another chance soon. [Via]

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KarenUhOh (#19)

Except her. She can have as many kids as she wants.

Atencio (#399)

Wow. I hope this video (and by proxy, Sen. Savino) gets the attention it deserves.

riotnrrd (#840)

I'm sure it will, and she'll be soundly defeated in the next election with the RNC money it brings in. Oh, you mean GOOD attention? I don't think that exists any more.

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Rod T (#33)

Rally tonight. Times Square at TKTS. 6 pm. Bring anger.

Brian (#115)

Would be amazing to march to the Rock Center tree lighting and disrupt that.

Is there really? I'm like 2 blocks away.

beingiseasy (#1,735)

sweet sweet indignation. maybe she should be the sponsor of the yet-to-be-written Ban Divorce bill.

AKF (#2,398)

Savino is amazing. I'm a new fan.

I wasn't aware there were any "D-Staten Island"s in the Senate. How did that happen? (Lot of good it did, obviously.)

kneetoe (#1,881)

She's got a part of the North Shore of SI, which is majority Democrat, and a piece of South Brooklyn. The Councilmember from the North Shore is always D, Mike Cusick is a Dem who represents the Assembly from those parts, and Mike McMahon is now the Democratic Congressman, although he represents the whole Island, which tends to vote Republican. Those are the SI Dems who come to mind.

Thanks! Duly noted.

redarmy (#2,397)

That is a great political speech – moving, personal and funny.

And it might be slightly inappropriate, but she's got a great rack.

djfreshie (#875)

How could you not vote for that Rack though? All hail rack! Rack for president!

elecampane (#1,877)

Oh, God, I'm so glad someone else mentioned that. Those are two convincing arguments for gay marriage, right there.

NominaStultorum (#1,638)

(DD-Staten Island).
Seriously, great speech.

Thank you! "Legislator-hot!"

hockeymom (#143)

She's wonderful.

Ron Obvious (#351)

Very stirring speech. Can we clone her?

Maevemealone (#968)

I have to watch it again because I was applauding from the middle of her first sentence.

Probably still because I'm reeling from the vote result, but that actually made me tear up. Who knew I could love someone from Staten Island this much?!
(And yeah, the rack definitely doesn't hurt.)

josh_speed (#97)

She fully rocks. I am re-posting this video as much as possible. Thank you.

sailor (#396)

Every time I lose faith in the political process, someone like Sen. Savino comes along to make me believe once again. Good on her.

crookedE (#1,817)

seriously, so fantastic. makes me feel marginally less miserable about the whole thing.

Dave Bry (#422)

Wow. The hairs on my arms stood up at the end of that. She seems really great. How does a person like that go to work everyday in a place of such ridiculous disfunction and corruption and stupidity? I still don't know how any of those people have their jobs after the shut-down fiasco this summer.

mathnet (#27)

How does a person like that go to work everyday in a place of such ridiculous disfunction and corruption and stupidity? is exactly right. As right as she is.

slinkimalinki (#182)

i'm a little bit in love with her now.

flossy (#1,402)

I would go straight for Diane Savino.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

I am impressed.

Flashman (#418)

I'm not gay, married, or American even, but WOW.
What a fantastic speech. Let's hope we hear a lot more from Diane Savino.

I like you, Diane Savino. Finally, a person who is not particularly emotionally invested in one side of the argument or the other just lays out a totally logical argument, which includes many of the same sentiments that have had me saying "Why is this even a discussion??" for years now.
I know this the fact that these bills keep getting voted down is something I'm going to have to be embarassed to explain to my confused kid someday, much like when my mom explained to me that some states still prevented white people from marrying nonwhites while she was a young adult. I can see my future self cringing already.

blatanville (#860)

so good. I'm spreading the link.

This is what we need for this cause to advance. Not anger or bitterness, just deep conviction, patience and love.

balsa_wood (#465)

Holy shit, that's a good speech.

barnhouse (#1,326)

I bet the kid who stuck his head in her car is trying to marry her right now.

Rw (#1,458)

Somebody tell Dickface Pinkshirt behind her to save it till after class.

jean11 (#2,422)

Please visit Senator Diane Savino’s website:

and her facebook page:

alpal (#2,533)

I'm new here, but I don't really understand one section of the post. Why did "Bawl" feel the need to make the point that the issue would "obviously" never affect him personally? What's so obvious about it? And even if it is for some reason I'm missing, why point it out?

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