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Gay-married state senator shot down gay marriage

This is pretty amazing.


  1. There's no evidence that the senator is gay-married. And I don't think anyone who is gay and cohabits is somehow ethically or morally obliged to support state-sanctioned same-sex marriage (his position is a bit contradictory, but people support policies that are seemingly against their self-interests all the time, as your own research demonstrates!).

  2. Andrew Gelman says:


    1. Sorry, I misread that article. You're right, I should've described him as "apparently same-sex married," not "gay married."

    2. I didn't say anything about ethical and moral obligations, I just thought it was pretty amazing.

  3. Paul says:

    No evidence he's "same-sex married" either. He was living with and sharing finances with another man. With a heterosexual couple, we usually call that dating. Married and living together are separate concepts.

    And although surprising in once sense, it also makes sense that a gay individual would have stronger opinions on the issue then somebody unaffected by it. Living in that situation every day, you must have to come to some sort of opinion on "should we be married". Most, I suspect, would come to the conclusion "yes", but some clearly also decide "no".

  4. Ken Williams says:

    Paul – I don't think there's much evidence he connected his personal "lifestyle situation," whatever it is, to his vote on gay marriage. To the contrary, it looks like his votes were more influenced by bribes and naked politicking.

  5. DanK says:

    I imagine if you put opposite-sex marriage up for a vote, a fair number of opposite-sex married politicians would be against it. It might be a little trickier to vote against it without repercussions, though.

    Maybe this guy voted against gay marriage to reduce the likelihood of having to deal with his partner pressuring him to get married. I wonder what we could outlaw to make my life more convenient.