Marriage Equality in New York Senate

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INFO ABOUT THIS LEGISLATION (from the Washington Blade 5/11/11
):

New York Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell (D-Manhattan), the gay brother of TV personality Rosie O’Donnell, introduced a bill this week to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

O’Donnell’s action appears to have broken ranks with New York’s Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, who promised to introduce marriage equality legislation but has hesitated in doing so just weeks before the state legislature is scheduled to adjourn for the year.

Cuomo, a strong backer of same-sex marriage, reportedly has persuaded a coalition of LGBT advocacy groups campaigning for a marriage bill to support his plan to hold off on introducing the bill until enough votes could be lined up to pass it in the Republican-controlled state Senate.

“It is with great pride that I am introducing the Marriage Equality Act,” O’Donnell said in a statement. “Since the Assembly last passed the bill in 2009, there has been an overwhelming groundswell of support for marriage equality across our state.”

The Democratic-controlled Assembly has passed a same-sex marriage bill three times since 2007, and this is the fourth time O’Donnell has emerged as the lead sponsor of the bill. But the bill lost in the Senate in 2009 by an eight-vote margin at a time when Democrats controlled the body. It was the first time the Senate had taken a vote on the measure.

Josh Vlasto, a spokesperson for Cuomo, told the New York Times on Tuesday that the governor remains committed to seeing the bill pass before the legislature adjourns at the end of June.

“The question has never been the Assembly,” Vlasto told the Times. “The question has always been whether there are the votes in the Senate, and that remains the question.”

PUBLIC WHIP COUNT
Yes31
Leaning Yes2
Undecided3
Leaning No13
No13
TOTAL62

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SENATOR    PARTY   DISTRICT   CONTACT    POSITION    NOTES    SOURCE    DATE   
LaValle, Kenneth P. R 01-Suffolk 518-455-3121 No Per June 14th Riverhead News Review Article “He fully supports equality and civil unions, though not gay marriage,” http://tinyurl.com/5rs4d4d
6/14/11
Flanagan, John J. R 02-Suffolk 518-455-2071 No Per NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/15/nyregion/2d-gop-senator-backs-gay-marriage-in-new-york.html (Flanagan "still planned to vote no") Voted No in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
6/15/11
Zeldin, Lee R 03-Suffolk 518-455-3570 No Quoted after 2009 vote: " "Personally, I happen to believe that marriage should be defined as between a man and woman… And I know many people who are gay and that is their business and I respect that," http://tinyurl.com/3ebzvy8
5/28/11
Johnson, Owen H. R 04-Suffolk 518-455-3411 Leaning No Voted No in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/27/11
Marcellino, Carl L. R 05-Nassau & Suffolk 518-455-2390 Leaning No Voted No in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/27/11
Hannon, Kemp R 06-Nassau 518-455-2200 No Per 6/15 internal NOM email: "Kemp Hannon has assured us that he will vote NO on the bill" Per New York Post 6/13/11 -Among the unexpected potential Senate Republican "yes" votes, insiders say" -http://tinyurl.com/3gt6q86
6/15/11
Martins, Jack R 07-Nassau 518-455-3265 Undecided TARGET:http://tinyurl.com/6jmn8ez http://tinyurl.com/3oudqtt New Senate Member per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
6/3/11
Fuschillo, Charles J., Jr. R 08-Nassau & Suffolk 518-455-3341 Leaning Yes Per New York Post 6/13/11 -Among the unexpected potential Senate Republican "yes" votes, insiders say" -http://tinyurl.com/3gt6q8
6/13/11
Skelos, Dean G. R 09-Nassau 518-455-3171 Leaning No Voted No in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/27/11
Huntley, Shirley L. D 10-Queens 518-455-3531 Yes Per 6/13 New York Times "Three wavering Democratic lawmakers in the State Senate have agreed to support legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in New York" http://tinyurl.com/3e265p7
6/13/11
Avella, Tony D 11-Queens 518-455-2210 Yes Ran on Marriage Equality Platform in 2010 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Gianaris, Michael N. D 12-Queens 518-455-3486 Yes Called for a vote, opposing Cuomo's delay. http://tinyurl.com/3vhdzt7 Supported Marriage 3 times in House Votes per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Peralta, Jose R. D 13-Queens 518-455-2529 Yes Supported Marriage 3 times in House Votes per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Smith, Malcolm A. D 14-Queens 518-455-2701 Yes Voted Yes in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Addabbo, Joseph P., Jr. D 15-Queens 518-455-2322 Yes Per 6/13 New York Times "Three wavering Democratic lawmakers in the State Senate have agreed to support legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in New York" http://tinyurl.com/3e265p7
6/13/11
Stavisky, Toby Ann D 16-Queens 518-455-3461 Yes Voted Yes in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Dilan, Martin Malave D 17-Kings 518-455-2177 Yes Voted Yes in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Montgomery, Velmanette D 18-Kings 518-455-3451 Yes Voted Yes in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Sampson, John L. D 19-Kings 518-455-2788 Yes Voted Yes in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Adams, Eric L. D 20-Kings 518-455-2431 Yes "This is about love" quoted. http://tinyurl.com/y85r9wa Voted Yes in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Parker, Kevin S. D 21-Kings 518-455-2580 Yes Voted Yes in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Golden, Martin J. R 22-Kings 518-455-2730 No Introduced Anti-Marriage Equality bill http://bit.ly/mBETmR
5/27/11
Savino, Diane J. D 23-Kings & Richmond 518-455-2437 Yes Voted Yes in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Lanza, Andrew J. R 24-Richmond 518-455-3215 Leaning No Per NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/15/nyregion/2d-gop-senator-backs-gay-marriage-in-new-york.html ("At this point, if I would vote now, it's no") Per New York Post 6/13/11 -Among the unexpected potential Senate Republican "yes" votes, insiders say" -http://tinyurl.com/3gt6q86
6/15/11
Squadron, Daniel D 25-Kings & New York 518-455-2625 Yes Voted Yes in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Krueger, Liz D 26-New York 518-455-2297 Yes Voted Yes in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Kruger, Carl D 27-Kings 518-455-2460 Yes Per 6/13 New York Times "Three wavering Democratic lawmakers in the State Senate have agreed to support legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in New York" http://tinyurl.com/3e265p7
6/13/11
Serrano, Jose M. D 28-Bronx & New York 518-455-2795 Yes Voted Yes in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Duane, Thomas K. D 29-New York 518-455-2451 Yes Sponsored 2009 Bill http://bit.ly/jRbYu8
5/27/11
Perkins, Bill D 30-New York 518-455-2441 Yes Voted Yes in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Espaillat, Adriano D 31-Bronx & New York 518-455-2041 Yes Quoted "Justice Delayed is Justice denied." http://tinyurl.com/3brzclq Supported Marriage 3 times in House Votes per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Diaz, Ruben, Sr. D 32-Bronx 518-455-2511 No Per 6/13 New York Times "unmovable" http://tinyurl.com/3e265p7 Sponsored Anti-Marriage Equality Rally http://bit.ly/mn3oY8
6/13/11
Rivera, J. Gustavo D 33-Bronx 518-455-3395 Yes Ran on Marriage Equality. http://tinyurl.com/3vu4ebp Voted Yes in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Klein, Jeffrey D. D 34-Bronx & Westchester 518-455-3595 Yes Voted Yes in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Stewart-Cousins, Andrea D 35-Westchester 518-455-2585 Yes Voted Yes in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Hassell-Thompson, Ruth D 36-Bronx & Westchester 518-455-2061 Yes Voted Yes in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Oppenheimer, Suzi D 37-Westchester 518-455-2031 Yes Voted Yes in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Carlucci, David D 38-Rockl& & Orange 518-455-2991 Yes Ran on Marriage Equality Platform in 2010 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Larkin, William J., Jr. R 39-Orange & Ulster 518-455-2770 Leaning No Voted No in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/27/11
Ball, Greg R 40-Putnam, Dutchess (eastern) 518-455-3111 No Per NY Daily News: http://personals.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2011/06/gop-state-sen-greg-ball-is-a-no-vote-on-legalizing-same-sex-marriage-unless (As the bill stands, "I clearly must vote no") Per New York Post 6/13/11 -Among the unexpected potential Senate Republican "yes" votes, insiders say" -http://tinyurl.com/3gt6q8
6/15/11
Saland, Stephen M. R 41-Columbia, Dutchess 518-455-2411 Undecided TARGET: http://tinyurl.com/6jmn8ez Voted No in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
6/3/11
Bonacic, John J. R 42-Delaware, Sullivan, Orange 518-455-3181 Leaning No Voted No in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/27/11
McDonald, Roy R 43-Rensselaer, Saratoga 518-455-2381 Yes "I think I'm doing the right thing -- and if the public respects that I'm grateful and if they don't then I move on," Per 6/14 BuffaloNews.com article http://tinyurl.com/6d3jqyq
6/14/11
Farley, Hugh T. R 44-Fulton, Montgom., Schenect. 518-455-2181 No Per Timesunion.com article http://tinyurl.com/3qvherx Voted No in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/27/11
Little, Elizabeth O'C. R 45-Clinton, Essex, Franklin, H 518-455-2811 Leaning Yes Per New York Post 6/13/11 -Among the unexpected potential Senate Republican "yes" votes, insiders say" -http://tinyurl.com/3gt6q8
6/13/11
Breslin, Neil D. D 46-Albany 518-455-2225 Yes Per TimesUnion.com article http://tinyurl.com/3qvherx Voted Yes in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/27/11
Griffo, Joseph A. R 47-Lewis, Oneida & St. Lawrenc 518-455-3334 Leaning No No longer a target? http://tinyurl.com/6jmn8ez Spoke with Gay City News http://tinyurl.com/3r59en5 Voted No in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
6/3/11
Ritchie, Patricia A. R 48-Jeff., Oswego & St. Lawrenc 518-455-3438 Leaning No Campaigned opposing marriage equality http://tinyurl.com/3jwfdw4 New Senate Member per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Valesky, David J. D 49-Madis. & Cay., Oneida & Ono 518-455-2838 Yes Voted Yes in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
DeFrancisco, John A. R 50-Onondaga 518-455-3511 Leaning No Voted No in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/27/11
Seward, James L. R 51-Cort., Greene, Herk., Otseg 518-455-3131 No "my [no] vote reflects the majority in my district" http://tinyurl.com/6jmn8ez Voted No in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
6/3/11
Libous, Thomas W. R 52-Broome, Tioga, Chenango 518-455-2677 No Has gay cousin speaking out against him. http://tinyurl.com/6jmn8ez CoSponsored Anti-Marriage Equality Bill http://bit.ly/k2cqpL
6/3/11
O'Mara, Thomas F. R 53-Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, 518-455-2091 Leaning No VOTED NO : A07732 Relates to individuals ability to marry DATE: 05/12/2009 YEA/NAY: 89/52
5/27/11
Nozzolio, Michael F. R 54-Sen., Wayne Cay., Mon., Ont 518-455-2366 Leaning No Voted No in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/27/11
Alesi, James S. R 55-Monroe 518-455-2015 Yes Yes Vote Per NYME Email Blast. Confirmed on VoteUpNY.com http://tinyurl.com/6c25ys8
6/13/11
Robach, Joseph E. R 56-Monroe 518-455-2909 Leaning No Voted No in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/27/11
Young, Catharine M. R 57-Allegany, Catt., Chauta., L 518-455-3563 Leaning No Voted No in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/27/11
Kennedy, Timothy D 58-Erie 518-455-2426 Yes Ran on Marriage Equality Platform in 2010 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/28/11
Gallivan, Patrick M. R 59-Wyoming, Erie, Living., Ont 518-455-3471 No Has "indicated that they oppose marriage equality and will vote to defeat marriage equality legislation." http://tinyurl.com/3tvmefk New Senate Member per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/27/11
Grisanti, Mark J. R 60-Erie, Niagara 518-455-3240 Undecided "If I take the Catholic out of me, which is hard to do, then absolutely they should have these rights," Grisanti said this morning in an interview." Per 6/14 BuffaloNews.com article http://tinyurl.com/6d3jqyq New Senate Member per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
6/14/11
Ranzenhofer, Michael H. R 61-Genesee & Erie 518-455-3161 No Has "indicated that they oppose marriage equality and will vote to defeat marriage equality legislation." http://tinyurl.com/3tvmefk Voted No in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/27/11
Maziarz, George D. R 62-Orleans, Monroe, Niagara 518-455-2024 No Has "indicated that they oppose marriage equality and will vote to defeat marriage equality legislation." http://tinyurl.com/3tvmefk Voted No in December 2009 per Gay City News Article http://tinyurl.com/3pladfv
5/27/11

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