US Senator Chucky "the Cheese" Schumer did a 180 on the issue of gay marriage this week. Not only did say that he supported it, but he went a step further and called for overturning the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act.
This really doesn't come as a shock, given that he's "the last man" standing, so to speak, in terms of statewide officials in New York that wasn't yet on board with the gay marriage agenda. With that political cover gone (first the governor and more recently, Hillary Clinton), he caved .
Schumer declined a request for an interview to discuss the change, but spokesman Josh Vlasto released a one-paragraph statement the next day that read: "I have thought long and hard about it. I have always believed that one of the great traits in America is we seek equality and should always strive to achieve it. We may not have been ready in 1996 when this issue first arose in Congress but I believe we are now."
In addition to supporting gay marriage, Schumer said he supported a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, which he had voted for in 1996. ...
This comes on the heels of a gay marriage bill progressing in the New Hampshire legislature, and a similar bill passing the Vermont Senate. The gay rights crowd have targeted New England as the area where they can most likely create a gay marriage "safe zone" in America, (called the "six by twelve " campaign), to make it easier to push nationwide.
And now Chucky's on the bandwagon.
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