Dueling ads for, against gay marriage running on TV
The fight over legalizing same-sex marriage in New York is now taking to the airwaves, with dueling television commercials coming from both sides of the argument.
The pro-gay marriage commercial shows two lesbian women, Jo-Ann Shain and Mary-Jo Kennedy, talking about being a couple for 29 years. They say all they want to do now is walk down the aisle and get married.
The spot was paid for by a group called New Yorkers United for Marriage, and it urges lawmakers in Albany to approve same-sex marriage.
The National Organization for Marriage, a group opposed to the legalization of same-sex marriage, also took to the airwaves, running a commercial that focuses on the allegedly detrimental effects of gay marriage on children.
While Democrats in the state Assembly have repeatedly approved a same-sex marriage bill, the Republican-controlled state Senate has not, most recently defeating the proposal in Dec. 2009.
A new bill on same-sex marriage was just introduced this week, and another vote could happen as soon as next month.