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Three NY Dems Reverse to Support Marriage Equality, Two GOP Lawmakers On Board

Three NY Dems Reverse to Support Marriage Equality, Two GOP Lawmakers On Board

Three Democratic senators in New York who previously voted against legalizing same-sex marriage have now said they will vote in favor of passing a marriage equality bill. Crucially, two Republican Senators have also said that, should the measure reach the Senate floor, they will also vote in favor.

First, on the Democrat reversals from the New York Times:

The three senators — Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. (pictured) and Shirley L. Huntley of Queens and Carl Kruger of Brooklyn — all voted against the measure in 2009, when it failed by a wide margin. Their switch to the yes column leaves all but one Senate Democrat supporting same-sex marriage — and the fate of the legislation in the hands of the Republican majority in the chamber.

Three Republican senators will now have to vote for same-sex marriage if the measure is to pass in the 62-member chamber. The lone Democrat now opposing the measure, Rubén Díaz Sr., is the Senate’s most vocal opponent of same-sex marriage and is not considered swayable under any circumstances.

Republican Senator James Alesi, R-Perinton, has gone on record saying that he will break with Republican colleagues to support the measure because he believes it to be a civil rights issue.

From Democrat and Chronicle.com:

“I believe that if you live in America and if you expect equality and freedom for yourself, that you have to extend it to other people,” Alesi told reporters Monday after he met behind closed doors with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Similarly, Roy J. McDonald. (R, C, IP) has indicated that he would also support a marriage equality bill should it reach the floor. Read more on that here.
This means that, together with 29 Democrats supporting the bill, there are now 31 votes out of the 32 needed to pass, and indications are more votes may be within reach.

The Wall Street Journal quotes one nameless Republican senator as saying that the bill is “too close to fail,” and says the senator predicted there may be as many as four or five Republicans who would vote for the bill.

The WSJ also quotes a Republican spokesperson saying they would “conference” the issue on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The just released marriage equality bill must pass before the end of the legislative session on June 20. Thursday is being tentatively mentioned as the day when a vote might happen, but no formal commitment to a vote has been made by the Republican majority and so, while these are positive signs, it would be incorrect to call this a done deal.

For previous coverage of efforts to legalize marriage equality in New York, please click here.

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2:43PM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

Good to hear.

12:53PM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

Fantastic! It's about time! Where have you been, New York? I will be watching the news regarding this issue with keen interest.

11:48AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

Thank you to the democrats willing to change their minds on this, but I can't help but distrust the motives of the republicans invoved. Sorry guys, you've lain with dog to long . I'm not worried as much about the fleas as I am about rabies and distemper!

9:13AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

we know which way history is moving...

8:57AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

Fantastic news. People who love and want to spend the rest of their lives with someone should never be judged by someone else.

8:56AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

Clarence ~

Bzzzzt. Wrong.

You say "No culture in history till now had formally approved marriage ceremony except between man and women."

I suggest you read Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe by John Boswell. This study in same-sex unions performed throughout premodern European history debunks the notion that marriage was only performed between a male and a female. The book presents astounding facts and information that has been suppressed, or misinterpreted, and in the appendices of the book there are actual transcriptions of the same-sex marriage ceremonies. Also among Native Americans there were marriages between 2 men and also among the Ancient Celts.

Same-sex marriage is not a new phenomena--it's been around for centuries. Facts are your friends--I suggest you get acquainted with them.

7:21AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

These people who oppose same sex union, consider homosexuality as an illness,as sin , etc. are the same people who turn out to be sex deviant, hippocretes later. Have you notice how many high profile "holier than thou" politicians and evangelist" turned out to be doing the things they publicly deplore.?

5:50AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

'Should it reach the Senate floor, they will vote in favor... ' Why wait? Change your vote now and stand up for humanity and diversity.

5:26AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:34AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

Actually Clarence, it has. In Britain for example. We have civil marriages between sam-sex partners, and I think you will find other countries have the same.

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