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Tallying the Marriage Votes
June 13th, 2011

This morning we cited a story in the Post reporting that seven Republicans have told Gov. Andrew Cuomo they are prepared to vote in favor of marriage equality if and when the measure comes to the Senate floor.

The story by Fred Dicker cited Kemp Hannon of Nassau County, Charles Fuschillo of Suffolk County, Betty Little of Glens Falls, Andrew Lanza of Staten Island, Greg Ball of Putnam County, James Alesi of Rochester and Roy McDonald of Rensselaer County — all of whom voted against marriage equality when the issue went down to defeat in December 2009 — as being “unexpected potential Senate Republican ‘yes’ votes.” Their switch, along with that of some Democrats, would be “more than enough to put the controversial and historic measure over the top this week, ” Dicker wrote.

But supporters of same-sex marriage should not pop the cork on the champagne bottles yet. Several of the senators cited in Dicker’s piece have told Liz Benjamin of State of Politics that they remain opposed to gay marriage. These include Hannon, Little and Fuschillo.

And in an interview with the Times, Alesi played it coy saying, “I do believe in the sanctity of marriage… I grew up a Roman Catholic. Its a sacrament,” and then adding, “It’s a sacrament that exists in the 21st century.”

While no Republicans publicly backs the bill, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has said he will let members vote their conscience on the matter.

As for Democrats, the Times reports that one or more of three previously undecided Democrats who voted no last time around — Shirley Huntley, Joseph Addabbo and Carl Kruger — could endorse the bill in the next day or so.

By on June 13, 2011, 2:35 pm
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