New York Assembly to Vote on Marriage Equality Tomorrow
The New York State Assembly is expected to once again approve marriage equality legislation tomorrow.
The Senate is the tough sell. The New York Times looks at where various senators stand on the issue: "Senator Vincent L. Leibell, a Republican who represents parts of Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties, prefers civil unions to marriage. Still, he acknowledged that 'society changes over time,' and said that he might not make up his mind until the last minute. Senator James S. Alesi, a Republican from Rochester who is considered to be another potential swing vote, has issued only vague statements hinting that he is open to voting yes. But he also said, 'My public opinion has not been stated yet, and it probably won’t be for a while.'...Advocates of gay rights say this gives them an opening. 'Republican legislators will be free to vote their conscience on this issue, without pressure,' said Jeff Cook, a legislative adviser for the Log Cabin Republicans. 'And we know if people vote their hearts on this issue, we will win.'"
Senator Tom Duane, who spoke at the reintroduction of the marriage equality legislation in April, hopes New York can pass it before neighboring New Jersey: "I love New Jersey - especially their shore and their tomatoes. But I just want the pride of being next and beating New Jersey. They have the Giants and the Jets, you know what I mean? It's time to take it back to the Empire State."