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In N.Y., Gay Marriage Came Courtesy GOP Jews

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

In N.Y., Gay Marriage Came Courtesy GOP Jews

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In Michael Barbaro's definitive narrative of how gay marriage was passed in New York, Andrew Cuomo savvily harnessed his own popularity, his constituents' support, and a few rich Republican machers to bring marriage equality to the third most populous state. The wild card there is those Republicans who helped hand a Democratic governor a gigantic substantive and political victory.

Do I need to tell you what those few Republicans tend to have in common?

JTA's Ron Kampeas noticed a month ago that several prominent Jewish Republican New Yorkers were backing same-sex marriage, and indeed, the three Republicans mentioned up top in Barbaro's article as having worked most closely with Cuomothe financiers Peter Singer, Cliff Asness, and Daniel Loebare all mentioned by Kampeas. As is the financier Steven A. Cohen. As is Ken Mehlman, the 2004 Bush campaign director, a Jewish gay man who tried to sell Republican state senators on gay marriage and who, in the weeks leading up to last Friday's historic vote, lobbied several one-on-one, including all four who jumped across the aisle to vote yea.

Moreover, while National Review's The Corner was freaking out over the Armageddon of adults being permitted to marry whomever they choose ("We are witnessing tyranny today that is fostered by a false sense of freedom," wrote former site editor Kathryn Jean Lopez), the sole post on Commentary's Contentions blog about the vote saw its author praising New York for enacting gay marriage "by legislation rather than judicial fiat" and applauding Cuomo (albeit at the expense of his father, the liberal hero Mario). …

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