Paterson Takes the Temperature on Same-Sex Marriage

There’s an email from the president of the New York State Young Democrats that’s getting forwarded around among Democratic activists in the city–one of them sent it to me this morning–that claims David Paterson “opened a phone line to determine how much support there is for his directive to recognize all legal same-sex marriages from other states and counties.”

The phone number the email gives out, 518-474-8390, goes to the governor’s community assistance office, where operators will take down the caller’s opinions on gay marriage.

The office wasn’t established specifically for this issue, and, in fact, has been around for years.

An operator who answered the phone when I called a few minutes ago said they have been getting calls about same-sex marriage, then added, “We’re not conducting a poll.”

Here’s the text of the email:

Subject: Support Same Sex Marriage In New York State!

Governor Paterson (NY) opened a phone line to determine how much support there is for his directive to recognize all legal same-sex marriages from other states and countries.

It’s really easy and takes under 5 seconds. You call 518.474.8390 and say "I support the Governor’s directive to support same-sex marriage!"

The lady who answers the phone is quite personable. She’ll ask you for your zip code and wish you a good day.

Please take five seconds to voice your support!

Sincerely,

Matthew Silverstein

NYSYD President

Paterson Takes the Temperature on Same-Sex Marriage