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LIST: Possible GOP Swing Votes on NY Marriage Equality

Last night, Lawrence O'Donnell reported on the shift in votes for NY marriage equality.

The NY GOP is planning to conference the marriage equality bill from 10-12 am today. The following list contains the potential Republican swing votes on this measure. Let's keep the momentum going.

New Yorkers, calls these lawmakers, particularly if you are one of their constituents, and urge them to support passage of the bill.

Ny Senator Gregory R. Ball of Putnam County (845) 279-3773

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. of Suffolk County (516) 882-0630

Senator J. Kemp Hannon of Nassau County (516) 739-1700

Senator Andrew J. Lanza of Staten Island (718) 984-4073

Senator Betty Little of Glens Falls (518) 743-0968

Senator Mark Grisanti of Erie County (518) 455-3240

Senator Stephen M. Saland of Poughkeepsie (845) 463-0840

Senator John Flanagan of Long Island (518) 455-2071

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  1. The Republican swing votes on this: EMAIL or CALL THEM ALL! Even if you are not in NY, they will be counting emails for sure up to the last minute. Mark Grisanti; John J. Flanagan; Betty Little; Andrew J Lanza; Kemp Hannon; Charles J. Fuschillo; Greg Ball; Stephen M. Saland

    Posted by: Josh6852 | Jun 15, 2011 8:32:54 AM

  2. I sent an email to all potential swing Republicans reminding them that to vote *for* Gay Marriage is actually the Republican thing to do. As Republicans we claim we want less governement meddling with our property, and marriage, among other things, is a contract that deals with the handling of our property... I asked each of them to look back at what it truly means to be Republican, and asked them to vote that way and not as a conservative who has motives outside their politcal party.

    Let's bring back the Rockefeller Republican!

    Posted by: Figliulo | Jun 15, 2011 9:39:27 AM

  3. Does anyone know if the vote ends at 31-31 if the Lieutenant Gov. would cast the deciding vote?

    Posted by: Taylor | Jun 15, 2011 9:49:27 AM

  4. @ Taylor - No. In NY, a majority is needed to pass any legislation. The Lt. Gov. would only cast the deciding vote on procedural matters.

    Posted by: Dan | Jun 15, 2011 9:53:04 AM

  5. I know the Republicans are worried about losing their majority if the Conservative Party removes them from their line - hopefully when they go into conference they will realize that the votes are there and will all vote in favor as a bloc - this way the Conservative Party would be screwed - either replace all of them or lose every other item on their agenda and give the dems control next year. I would love to see a 61-1 vote to put Diaz in his place.

    Posted by: Rich | Jun 15, 2011 10:03:27 AM

  6. @Dan - Thank you!!

    Posted by: Taylor | Jun 15, 2011 10:12:59 AM

  7. Tried calling all the Senators last night and this morning and all of their mailboxes are full (if the phone would pick up at all). I was able to get through to Hannon’s office last night and the assistant who answered cheerfully said he would pass on my message to the Senator. I E-mailed them all this morning (including Flanagan).

    I also wrote thank you letters and sent thank you e-mails to Alesi, McDonald, Addabbo, Huntley and Kruger for their flip to “yes”.

    Might all seem like a drop in the bucket, but all it takes is that single drop to be the tipping point that makes a difference. So pick up the phone and call and get to the keyboard and type!

    It only takes a moment and will make a LIFETIME of difference!

    Posted by: ichabod | Jun 15, 2011 10:27:33 AM

  8. This is a perfect example of why the gay community needs to have active, working relationships with both parties. We demonize ALL Republicans and then cannot understand why they are not on our side at critical junctures.

    So short-sighted.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Jun 15, 2011 10:48:08 AM

  9. @Greg Hacke: Used your email, almost verbatim. Thank you for posting.

    Posted by: Adam | Jun 15, 2011 11:07:28 AM

  10. Andy,

    Please correct Fuscillo's email. It should be:

    NOT fuschillo@...

    I confirmed with his office


    Posted by: alex k. | Jun 15, 2011 11:09:15 AM

  11. I want to mention that a friend works for one of the senators who changed their vote and he said that it was directly because of constituent "votes" by email and telephone. So it really does matter, at least to some of them.

    Posted by: michael | Jun 15, 2011 11:26:33 AM

  12. Had several family members call Fuschillo on Long Island. His staff will not say how he plans to vote, but that he voted against the measure last time. Looks like a no - go.

    Posted by: Tim | Jun 15, 2011 12:27:27 PM

  13. Please note: Senator Fuschillo's e-mail is incorrect here. It is actually

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 15, 2011 12:40:53 PM

  14. Had family make calls to Flanagan of LI as well - he will be voting NO.

    Posted by: Tim | Jun 15, 2011 1:28:13 PM

  15. Here's the letter I sent to Lanza of Staten Island...

    Posted by: John Guglielmetti | Jun 15, 2011 2:03:54 PM

  16. Equal rights for all. Enough said. Thank you.

    Posted by: Rebecca Hoodwin | Jun 15, 2011 9:37:24 PM

  17. thank you E!

    Posted by: mb | Jun 16, 2011 3:57:38 AM

  18. You know Republicans will vote down this bill.
    It is what defines them.

    Posted by: Philo | Jun 16, 2011 5:57:45 AM

  19. I contacted the senators on the list. Left messages with two, forced to e-mail three as I was unable to leave a message, and spoke to a representative at the remaining offices. Those I spoke to were very polite. Let's hope this works.

    Posted by: Soo | Jun 16, 2011 9:11:38 AM

  20. How would I post this to my facebook account?

    Posted by: David Whittacre | Jun 16, 2011 10:20:13 PM

  21. Call Senator Skelos at 518-455-3171 and ask him why his members are so concerned about protection for religious individuals and institutions and not about the the protection for their hundreds of thousands of gay and lesbian constituents throughout New York State.
    What happened to the separation of church and state? Why does archbishop Dolan have so much power and sway ove the republican state senators?

    Posted by: Babs | Jun 17, 2011 2:26:55 PM

  22. This is very inspiring. Although none of the Senators represent my district, I am still calling and emailing because we have to keep the pressure on them. Marriage equality affects all New Yorkers and those Senators need to know this.

    What is amazing is that all the Senators who are on the above contact lists are Republicans. I have contacted my district's State Senator and have asked him to reach out to these recalcitrant Republicans and get them to see the light.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 20, 2011 2:52:13 PM

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