Thursday, March 5, 2009

Marty Block Abstains

The resolutions passed on March 2nd opposing Proposition 8 as an illegal and unprecedented revision to the state Constitution passed both houses and, in the Assembly, with a 44-27 vote.

Of the 8 Absent, Abstaining or Not Voting, one of these was Marty Block.
Check it out:

It should be mentioned that this is a guy who the Gay and Lesbian Times called “a true ally on the most important issues in the GLBT community.”

Other Democrats, such as Salas, Saldana, Buchanan and Perez, voted for it. I don’t know what was going through his head, but he should at least explain why he chose to be “not present.”

I derive no joy from writing this, but I feel that we who supported him deserve to know why.


Anonymous said...

Marty justified his "ducking" the vote because of concerns about the Assembly interfering with the Judiciary. He also mentioned that a majority of voters in his mixed district supported Prop 8. This is the real reason Marty took a walk, not the flimsy balance of powers BS. A leader I believe must sometimes be out in front of the people in his district, not slavishly upholding their prejudices. As an "out" LGBT activist, I cannot respect his actions ot rationalizations for them on this issue. Maybe he should read JFK's Profiles in Courage to motivate himself to do the right thing in the future. I suspect that sometime in the future, when we have won full equality, Mr. Block will ashamed of this act of political cowardice.

Anonymous said...

Marty Block: too slick for his own good...

so was it Speaker Bass, was it separation of powers, was it the dog that ate his homework, or just a rookie that doent't know what to do? This episode shows you can be too slick for ones own good. But certainly, he has no business being a part of the House whip operation.

Anonymous said...

I have worked closely with Marty at other community organizations. He is very sincere and consistent with his respect for a separation of powers. This been a key premise in his discussions concerning taking positions on issues as part of these boards. He has encourage these organizations support amicus curie briefs - friend of the court briefs. And since the issue was out of the hands of the legislature, he signed on to such a brief to overturn Prop 8. He is consistent in his approach of good public policy and consistent in his support of Equality as demonostrated by his signing onto the court brief.

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