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Gannett Survey: Eight NY Senators Undecided on Marriage Equality

Here's a crib sheet provided by Gannett News Service on a survey they took of New York Senators:

Ny The measure would need 32 votes for adoption in the Senate, and 26 senators, all Democrats, indicated they would back the bill. Twenty-eight senators expressed opposition -- possibly leaving the fate of the measure with the eight undecided lawmakers, which include five Republicans and three Democrats.

Check out where the votes stand according to Gannett in a document, AFTER THE JUMP...

The undecided lawmakers are Sens. James Alesi, R-Perinton; Stephen Saland, R-Poughkeepsie; Greg Ball, R-Carmel; Kemp Hannon, R-Nassau; Roy McDonald, R-Stillwater; Shirley Huntley D-Queens; Joseph Addabbo, D-Queens; and Carl Kruger, D-Brooklyn.

The article adds

Brian Ellner, New York strategist for the Human Rights Campaign, a gay-rights group, said there are numerous lawmakers deciding where they stand on the issue, not just the eight identified by Gannett.

"I think there are many undecided members of the Senate, and we are working very hard to make it clear to all of them that this is, of course, a moderate mainstream issue that a supermajority of New Yorkers support -- and that the time is now," he said.

A bill has not yet been produced in the Senate.

YNN has a marriage tracker map posted with information on each region's lawmakers.

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  1. sorry to be realistic here but you are never going to get undecided republicans to come round to this idea. Undecided means they don't want to come across as a bigot at this stage but will pretend they have been 'listening to their constituents'. How often do we have to remind ourselves that Republicans are the only thing standing between us and Equality ? How long are we going to be held hostage by them ???? This is doomed.

    Posted by: Paul | Jun 1, 2011 1:22:14 PM


  2. Unfortunately, it is not only Republicans. If anyone is really to blame, it is the Democrats. As was the case with the last vote, when the Democrats were in the majority, the fact that we cannot even get all of the Democratic senators on board provides perfect cover for the Republicans. The few Republicans who are now considered "undecided" and might be willing to vote their conscience with a "yes" vote know that the bill cannot pass unless all of the Democratic senators vote for it. None of these senators see any reason to break ranks with their party or stick their necks out for a bill that is doomed to fail anyway.

    If all of the Democrats were on board, at least some of the "undecided" Republicans might find the courage to vote yes, and have their names counted on the right side of history. With a bill doomed to fail, they have no reason to do so.

    Posted by: MiloTock | Jun 1, 2011 5:16:03 PM


  3. Hey Milotock -- Is your real name Ken Mehlman?

    Posted by: kevin | Jun 1, 2011 8:29:14 PM


  4. The official policy of the Republican party is to defiantly shout "NO!" at the rising tide of change in this country. (see Huffpost). So long as Republicans remain in lockstep, they will not change. The only answer is the ballot box, or death, whichever comes first.

    Posted by: wimsy | Jun 2, 2011 11:19:23 AM


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