Talk about wanting it all ways, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg supports same-sex marriage, so much that he authorized the City to fight Friday's court decision permitting it. Huh?
He managed to anger all sides in his effort to face both simultaneously. Many Republican state legislators are against same-sex marriage, and have called him on his ambiguous posture.
First, he gave a very politically clumsy and naive speech Saturday at the Waldorf-Astoria before 1,000 at the Human Rights Campaign dinner. From one face, he said that he wanted to work with the state legislature to enact laws legalizing same-sex wedding. From another face, he said he would fight the recent victory for same-sex marriage license for the City. He got cheers for the first and jeers for the second, reported the City's daily papers.
According to the New York Times version of the story, he fared worse in his second speech to the Lesbian & Gay Pride dinner dance in, if you pardon, Queens. There the crowd derided him as a hypocrite and liar. The Times piece concludes, "Despite the hostility, Mr. Bloomberg did not bolt, taking the time to shake the hand of anyone who was not yelling at him."