Question: [inaudible] calling for uniformed police officers not to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade?

Mayor: I believe that uniformed city workers have a right to participate if they choose to, and I respect that right. Yes?


Question: Just to follow up on Emily’s question, I think that there’s a difference between allowing city workers on their own personal time to march in a parade and having them show up in uniform with signs saying ‘City of New York Police Department.’ So if we have a little bit more about your thinking on that, and are you planning to attend the parade?

Mayor: I’ve said what I think. I respect the right of our City workers to march in uniform – period. And no, I am not planning on marching in the parade, I haven’t in the past in my capacity as an elected official. I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city and the contributions of Irish Americans. But I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade in their exclusion of some individuals in this city. Thanks – OK, go ahead.

Was Obama's Address the Most Important Gay-Rights Speech in U.S. History?


Richard Socarides

No one anticipated it, but President Barack Obama used the occasion of his second Inaugural Address to give what was perhaps the most important gay-rights speech in American history…

Not only was this a call to end discrimination, but an unambiguous argument for the recognition of same-sex marriage across the country.

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N.J. Governor Chris Christie sounds like he’s going to veto the same-sex marriage bill, if it passes the legislature, according to this statement, tweeted by Alex Silverman of WCBS Newsradio 880

[Note: an earlier version suggested Christie may not oppose the legislation. Clearly, it’s the opposite. Another tweet by Silverman shows that Democrats are reminding their colleagues that not all civil rights issues are popular with the public. And more on the politics of the bill here.]