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NY1 Poll of Senators Shows Uphill Battle for Marriage Equality in NY

Ny_small According to a NY1 survey of New York Senators, these are the current numbers on the marriage equality bill.

As I mentioned this morning, State Senator Tom Duane says he's received assurances of support from 32 senators.

Remember, call your Senator.


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  1. Remember to call Malcolm Smith and request that he bring it to the floor for a vote. We need our senators on record and accountable. Stop stalling on the vote Majority Leader Smith!

    Smith District Office
    Tel: (718) 528-4290 / Fax: (718) 528-4898

    Smith Albany Office
    Tel: (518) 455-2701 / Fax: (518) 455-2816

    Smith Majority Leader's Office
    Tel: (212) 298-5585 / Fax: (212) 298-5605

    Posted by: Adam Husak | Jun 2, 2009 8:44:04 PM

  2. Looking at that chart and it still boggles my mind that any gay person would ASSume that rethuglicans are actually on our side more so that democrats are.I guess its that typical log-cabin misinformed hypocrisy,over privileged middle-aged gay white males are known for.

    Posted by: Automotive Enthusiast | Jun 2, 2009 9:18:53 PM

  3. oh and b4 some smart ass nitpicks at the mispelling I meant *THAN* not "that"

    Posted by: Automotive Enthusiast | Jun 2, 2009 9:19:57 PM

  4. Bloody hell! What's with those "Dims" voting "no"? I know Diaz is an enemy, but come on...

    I've called and written Senator Smith as well as Senator Kreuger (she's my district rep, and a real mensch!) Everyone else PLEASE do the same!

    I hope Senator Duane is right on having those votes. How shameful of New York to blow this --again!

    Posted by: ichabod | Jun 2, 2009 9:31:51 PM

  5. 20 want your tax dollars.
    27 do not.
    10 are undecided if they REALLY want it.
    5 are afraid to let you know what they want.

    Posted by: John Bisceglia | Jun 2, 2009 9:37:24 PM

  6. Perhaps someone should be telling Mr. Duane to stop getting people's hopes up. This does not look like "gravy" as he has looks very unsteady.

    Why isn't the Advocate or the Washington Blade pressing Mr. Duane on why he feels comfortable saying what he's saying?

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 2, 2009 10:02:36 PM

  7. Call and email New York State Senators and encourage them to vote YES on marriage equality.
    New York Senate

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 2, 2009 11:43:47 PM

  8. To all GLBT New Yorkers; we in Arizona we'll be watching and wish you the best of luck. Dont Give Up!!!!

    "Power to the People"

    Posted by: X man | Jun 3, 2009 12:22:13 AM

  9. I can't believe that Iowa is actually more liberal than New York on the gay marriage issue. Perhaps the gay community in New York has been asleep at the wheel over the years, preferring to spend nights in bars seeking orgasms rather than fighting for marriage rights.

    Message to New York and its gay community: you're pathetic.

    Posted by: jason | Jun 3, 2009 2:40:33 AM

  10. Thank you, X MAN. We won't give up.

    Posted by: ichabod | Jun 3, 2009 7:15:46 AM

  11. Andy, could you or some of your NY gay media connections do an interview with Tom Duane to see what the hell he is talking about when he says he has the votes? He clearly does not. There is no way that all those "undecided" or "won't say" votes are gonna swing our way.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 3, 2009 8:42:45 AM

  12. Hey Jason,

    Iowa was a court ruling. Do you really think that the state legislature in Iowa would vote for Gay Marriage? Get a fucking clue. New York's GLBT community work harder than most.

    The issues here are:

    1. NYC is not NY state. Upstate New York can be like Missouri, and

    2. The influence of the church on certain segments of the population

    Yes it's heart breaking but the last thing we need is some douche bag with no understanding of the issues chiming in. Save your breath for your next exodus meeting.

    Posted by: James | Jun 3, 2009 8:43:49 AM

  13. I thought my fellow New Yorkers should be aware of this survey taken by NY1 about how senators are planning to vote on the marriage equity bill:

    My state senator is voting “yes”, is yours?

    Check the list and pick up the phone, folks (especially if your rep is James Alesi, who is particularly pissy and petty in his NY1 interview).

    Here’s a site to help you make contact:

    Would vote "Yes"

    Eric Adams, D-Brooklyn
    Neil Breslin, D-Delmar
    Martin Dilan, D-Brooklyn
    Thomas Duane, D-Manhattan
    Pedro Espada, D-Bronx
    Craig Johnson, D-Nassau
    Jeffrey Klein, D-Bronx/Westchester
    Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan
    Velmanette Montgomery, D-Brooklyn
    Suzi Oppenheimer, D-Westchester
    Kevin Parker, D-Brookyn
    Bill Perkins, D-Manhattan
    Diane Savino, D-Staten Island/Brooklyn
    Eric Schneiderman, D-Manhattan/Bronx
    Jose Serrano, D-Bronx/Manhattan
    Malcolm Smith, D-Queens
    Daniel Squadron, D-Brooklyn/Manhattan
    Toby Ann Stavisky, D-Queens
    Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Westchester
    Antoine Thompson, D-Buffalo

    Would vote "No"

    Darrel Aubertine, D-Cape Vincent
    John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse
    Ruben Diaz, D-Bronx
    Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna
    John Flanagan, R-Suffolk
    Charles Fuschillo, R-Nassau/Suffolk
    Martin Golden, R-Brooklyn
    Joseph Griffo, R-Rome
    Shirley Huntley, D-Queens
    Carl Kruger, D-Brooklyn
    William Larkin, R-Cornwall
    Kenneth LaValle, R-Suffolk
    Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton
    Elizabeth Little, R-Queensbury
    Carl Marcellino, R-Nassau/Suffolk
    George Maziarz, R-Newfane
    Michael Nozzolio, R-Seneca Falls
    George Onorato, D-Queens
    Frank Padavan, R-Queens/Bronx/Nassau
    Michael Ranzenhofer, R-Amherst
    Joseph Robach, R-Greece
    Stephen Saland, R-Poughkeepsie
    James Seward, R-Milford
    Dean Skelos, R-Nassau
    William Stachowski, D-Buffalo
    Dale Volker, R-Depew
    George Winner, R-Elmira
    Catharine Young, R-Olean


    John Bonacic, R-Mt. Hope
    Brian Foley, D-Suffolk
    Ruth Hassel-Thompson, D-Bronx/Westchester
    Owen Johnson, R-Suffolk
    Andrew Lanza, R-Staten Island
    Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga
    Hiram Monserrate, D-Queens
    John Sampson, D-Brooklyn
    David Valesky, D-Oneida

    Wouldn't Say

    Joseph Addabbo, D-Queens
    James Alesi, R-East Rochester
    Kemp Hannon, R-Nassau
    Vincent Leibell, R-Westchester
    Thomas Morahan, R-Rockland

    Posted by: ichabod | Jun 3, 2009 10:37:30 AM

  14. A dose of reality:

    Many of these votes have nothing to do with whether the senators actually support marriage equality. It's politics, people. I bet there's a lot of trading and dealing going on behind the scenes now. Even one Dem Senator, Jim Alesi, said he might vote for the bill but doesn't want to make it easy for Smith because Smith hasn't been leading the way he wants.

    And I'd expect the Republicans to support this by precisely the number needed--if the Democrats in turn support a bill they want passed. That's how SONDA got passed in 2002, not because lawmakers were suddenly in favor or nondiscrimination.

    Sad but true.

    Posted by: TrogMan | Jun 3, 2009 1:01:59 PM

  15. What if Duane isn't exaggerating and he does have the votes and Smith is trying to do an end run so he can keep his promise to Diaz (I think it was Diaz) to never let a gay marriage vote make it to the floor. I have no doubt that guy would sell us out to keep his position.

    Posted by: MT | Jun 3, 2009 1:04:35 PM

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