Reporting Final

Here’s my Reporting Fina for the whole world to read:

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New Yorkers are disappointed; but, not threatened by the passing of proposition 8 in California. The landmark bill passed on November 5th 2008, banning same sex marriage in the state of California but, New Yorkers don’t feel that California’s decision will any effect on what their states decides to do.

“New York and California rival for coolness,” Barry Martin, director of consumer insight for Time Inc, says as he bites into a waffle fry at “BLT Burger” on 12th street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan. “If anything this will encourage New Yorker’s to even be more pro-marriage.”

New York City has a large gay communities and various gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered centers, including “The Door” and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered center on 13th street between 7th and 8th avenue but, has yet to put a prominent gay marriage bill on the ballot.

“I don’t know” Martin answers as he sips a beer and ponders why a bill hasn’t come up in the city sometimes referred to as the “Center of the Universe”. Some New Yorkers suggested that California’s choice would bear on New York as a text-book case of ‘lead by example’; but, Martin stresses that the only people who will be affected by the proposition are the regional areas. “The coast of the country are the only people really tuned into this issue. The middle of the country don’t care”

But proposition 8 has moved people from all parts of the country and, even, across the world. According to published reports figures for the spending to support or not support the proposition out did any other proposition in the entire country and out spent all other same-sex marriage bills and propositions combined. Estimating to have broke the 70 million dollar mark; with contributions of ten thousand dollars coming from major companies like Google and Microsoft, One major contributor for both sides of the issue has got New Yorkers mad as heck.

Churches were the highest paying institution on both sides of the issue, using members to get the word out and help raise money to throw at the proposition. Many New Yorkers who cite separation of church and state find the idea of churches using their power to influence any legal matter to be perverse.

“It seems wrong” Martin says thinking about the statistics as he taps his fingers on the table. Angela Corre, Guidance Counselor in a New York City high school, also thinks it’s wrong.

“What ever happened to separation of church and state?” Corre says whilst heavy handedly pushing some papers aside. “It’s against the constitution.”

As strong as most New Yorkers feelings are for allowing gar marriage many of them don’t believe that a law legalizing it is going to be as easy as it could be. They attribute those feelings to the cultural difference between New York City and New York State.

“We’re in a class by ourselves” Corre say about the city. “Something like this wouldn’t got over well in the state; there are a lot of conservatives upstate”

New Yorkers are quicker to wonder when will a proposition 8 come to the city and state. Some New Yorkers put their hopes on newly president elect Barack Obama, who hasn’t shown support for same-sex marriage, some New Yorkers simply don’t think the issue is that stressed on their minds.

“I’m not sure why the issue hasn’t come up here yet; but, I think it will in the next eight years.” Martin says, adversely Angela Corre thinks it’s going to be sooner.

“If [Mayor Michael. R] Bloomberg stays in office then it’ll be in the next couple of years; if he doesn’t and we get a democrat into office it may never come up.” Corre attributes this to the fact that many gay lawmakers in N.Y.C. may think that pushing for the issue might be seen as selfish and trying to push their wants on the city. “I don’t think there’ll be a ban though; New Yorkers don’t like to ban things. We can ignore things; but, banning is something we don’t enjoy.”

While that might be true, New York is in a fight against its neighboring states. Massachusetts and Connecticut have already legalizing same-sex marriage and begun performing ceremonies. While New Jersey is in talks whether or not to legalize the issue. Many see the progress around the state as a wake up call for the City and State to do something and do something quickly.

“Everyone else is moving,” Yvonne Washington, an English major and published poet, studying at City College states. “We should have been the first to start and been the primary example. It’s almost as if we’re scared.”

Washington’s sentiments echoes others; many believe that the City and the State are in a comfortable position right now and don’t want to move in a direction that may bring adverse issues to battle; but, many feel that that’s not at the service of the people and want the debate to begin.

“This isn’t like the sixties were,” Corre reminisces. “People just want to leave it alone and go on with their lives as it is now. No one cares any more.” Barry Martin had something similar in mind.

“”Everyone is looking out for themselves today. Social issues have become problems like fixing your myspace page for god’s sake!”

“This isn’t like the sixties when people went out and fixed their problems.” Corre says with a shrug. “I mean when’s the last time we had a decent riot?”


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