The Gay Marriage Litmus Test

Writing for Gay City News City Hall News, gay activist Allen Roskoff had a column about the Empire State Pride Agenda dinner and calls out Democratic Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein for stalling legislation to legalize gay marriage.

During the night, people are now talking about Assembly Member Helene Weinstein, who heads the Assembly Judiciary Committee and has kept the Richard Gottfried-sponsored marriage equality bill buried in her committee. She is listed by ESPA as having a “position on marriage equality for same-sex couples unknown or unclear.” She must come out for the bill, and have it passed in her committee, or her position is totally unacceptable. Perhaps her friends in the Assembly need to hold her accountable and stop covering for her. I am told that she does not go to LGBT endorsement meetings or events or return questionnaires. Hmmm, what is this all about?

It’s another example of how gay activists are increasingly comfortable with the ‘with us or against us’ argument on the issue of gay marriage. Nathan Riley makes the same case, with less acidity, over here.

— Azi Paybarah