In the ever challenging quest to divine the will of the people, a Times scribe ventured to the lion's den to seek out opinion on NY's new same sex marriage law....The reporter went to the Mount Carmel Feast, the signature event for St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Watertown....The Bishops have blasted the new law and one would think these fine Catholics would follow suit...
However, Brian Amarel reports the people he talked to are either in favor or indifferent....Of course the bitterly opposed are not likely to talk to a shaggy haired, liberal-looking reporter, but I am sure Brian took that sampling bias into account when writing his local reaction piece.
I have sampled opinion too in my talk-show, bar room, seat of government world. The reaction is pretty much the same except for one senior radio announcer who is indeed ballistic over this latest bit of heresy and blasphemy.
Some think its a silly distraction...but as far as virulent homophobia, I hear none, as even the most rightious is anxious to tell us they 'have a gay friend.' In that sense gay is the new black.
There will be a media scrum on July 25 when the first gay couple ventures into the gazebo in front of City Hall or into the chambers of a town justice and repeats the vows in front of God and Channel 7.
After that the only evidence will be weeks or months later when same sex names show up in the published divorces...A list that rivals obits and DWI's for popularity in news-starved NNY.
Watertown Daily Times North country weighs in on gay marriage