Alaskans On New York Legalizing Same Sex Marriage
On Friday, thousands of gay marriage supports cheered on Manhattan streets in New York City as they celebrated the passing of the same-sex marriage law. New York joins five other states: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, VT, and District of
The measure passed the New York Senate by 33-29 votes, which included votes from four Republican lawmakers. Here at home the move didn’t sit well with some activists including the Alaska Family Council, which advocates on behalf of families and churches.
“They were influenced and persuaded by the gay and lesbian activist community to go against how they told the voters that they would vote,” said Jim Minnery, president of Alaska Family Council.
He says the issue is about protecting children and making sure they grow up with their biological mother and father, which he claims is the best environment for a child.
But those in the gay community like Susan Halvor, a Lutheran pastor, say gay people who raise children are no different than any other family. She says it’s about having the same rights like everyone else.
“Having the legal rights so that people can take care of their kids, and take of each other and take care of family,” she said.
While those opposed believe it’s an exception that could have no end in sight.
“At some point you have to draw a line, to say what is society going to say is best for rearing our children,” said Minnery.
The bill becomes New York law in 30 days. The state also has a no residency requirement for marriage licenses, so anyone from across the country can get married there.