More than half of New York voters back a measure to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, according to a poll conducted by the Siena College Research Institute. The survey found 53% support a marriage-equality bill and 39% are against it. "For women and young voters it's a resounding 'yes.' Men and older voters are more closely divided and more likely to say 'no,' " said Siena New York Poll spokesman Steven Greenberg.
The "Gathering Storm" anti-marriage TV spot is an "Internet camp classic" that shows the desperation of those opposed to marriage equality to try to sound their alarm over marriage gains in Iowa and Vermont, according to columnist Frank Rich. He writes, "If it advances any message, it's mainly that homophobic activism is ever more depopulated and isolated as well as brain-dead."
Meghan McCain, in a speech at the Log Cabin Republicans convention, outlined a vision of a diverse and inclusive GOP that would welcome gays and lesbians, but stopped short of calling for marriage equality. In a related video clip on The Politico's Web site, Log Cabin Chairman Terry Hamilton discusses gay conservatives' role within the GOP and Meghan McCain's potential to become a new kind of gay icon.