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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #579: NY Senate Marriage Debate

Because it's important to remember who stood up for us today, here are just four of the speakers whose testimony I found particularly moving: Senator Diane Savino, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Senator Eric Adams, and Senator Daniel Squadron. I'd also include Senator Espada's if it were online.

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  1. To that end, here are the emails of the 24 senators who voted with us today. Just as important as emailing the Democrats who failed us today will be thanking these brave ones and affirming that they will have our continued support.

    eadams@senate.state.ny.us
    breslin@senate.state.ny.us
    dilan@senate.state.ny.us
    duane@senate.state.ny.us
    espada@senate.state.ny.us
    bfoley@senate.state.ny.us
    hassellt@senate.state.ny.us
    johnson@senate.state.ny.us
    jdklein@senate.state.ny.us
    lkrueger@senate.state.ny.us
    montgome@senate.state.ny.us
    oppenhei@senate.state.ny.us
    parker@senate.state.ny.us
    perkins@senate.state.ny.us
    sampson@senate.state.ny.us
    savino@senate.state.ny.us
    schneide@senate.state.ny.us
    serrano@senate.state.ny.us
    masmith@senate.state.ny.us
    squadron@senate.state.ny.us
    stavisky@senate.state.ny.us
    scousins@senate.state.ny.us
    athompso@senate.state.ny.us
    valesky@senate.state.ny.us

    Posted by: Ben | Dec 2, 2009 9:14:57 PM


  2. Please, everyone. Please call, e-mail, write or fax and thank these people for standing up for us.

    Posted by: ronnykmarshall | Dec 2, 2009 9:27:14 PM


  3. Of those several I heard, Ruth Hassell-Thompson was the outstanding example of choosing love and justice. Her late gay brother, driven into exile in France by their father, would be so proud.

    Posted by: Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com | Dec 2, 2009 10:13:41 PM


  4. thanks to these good senators for speaking these brave & honorable words

    it means a lot, despite the outcome

    Posted by: steve | Dec 2, 2009 11:11:02 PM


  5. I have never been more proud that the senator from where I grew up, Savino, stood up for us with such a great speech.

    Posted by: JP | Dec 2, 2009 11:42:28 PM


  6. Great compilation! Such a demoralizing defeat though. On to the next challenge!

    Posted by: Brad | Dec 3, 2009 1:36:44 AM


  7. Never support a political party, only support individuals who support you. When you give to a political party, you give to all candidates that party represents and as we see here, they eight of them are not supportive of gay equality. I hope people remember the "Hate dash 8" (H8-8) Democrats.

    Below are a couple signs I quickly drafted..

    http://u1.imgupload.co.uk/1259798400/02da_lgbt_nyvote.jpg
    http://u1.imgupload.co.uk/1259798400/66ba_lgbt_nyvote2.jpg

    Posted by: CB | Dec 3, 2009 4:58:01 AM


  8. Eric Adams was the best speaker in my opinion.

    Posted by: Antny | Dec 3, 2009 8:36:40 AM


  9. Why do all of the Senator's indicate at the beginning of their speech that they are "nervous"?
    Passionate, I understand. But being nervous seems to indicate a concern that you are doing something wrong. Providing the people you serve with equal rights is never wrong.

    Posted by: Chrisotpher | Dec 3, 2009 11:19:40 AM


  10. Sen. Espada's speech:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLZcpV3clHo&feature=channel

    I read "nervous" to mean that they were feeling the weight, the historic nature of the vote.

    Posted by: Carlie | Dec 3, 2009 2:37:25 PM


  11. Yes!!!! DEFEATED!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: nogaymarriage | Dec 4, 2009 4:13:30 AM


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