Perhaps surprised by the New York Senate voting down a bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage in the state, gay activists have awakened with a fury and are planning the same kind of pro-gay marriage campaign that opponents have used against them.
After gay marriage was shockingly overturned in California after it was already legalized, New York state senators rebuffed Governor David Paterson who had introduced the bill. The New York State Assembly had overwhelmingly passed the bill before the it was put to a vote in the Senate.
As the dust of the debate settled, gay marriage activists realized that they had lost the gay marriage battle in two states that one would assume would allow it because they hadn’t run a real campaign to counter the well funded anti-gay marriage campaigns.
In California, out-of-state Evangelical and Mormon groups spent millions to ban gay marriage in 2008. Millions were also spent here in New York, including $1.5 million for one anti-gay marriage ad that also aired in several other states including New Jersey.
While the movement to legalize gay marriage has been gaining a lot of steam, it has been kept down largely by Evangelical Christian groups like James Dobson’s Focus on the Family and Mormom groups.
Gay marriage is currently legal in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Iowa. New Jersey will soon vote on whether or not to legalize gay marriage before anti-gay marriage governor Chris Christie takes office.