Wednesday, December 02, 2009


Obviously, I had hoped that the New York State Senate would vote in favor of marriage equality, but the fact that it went down to defeat doesn't surprise me. Okay, maybe the margin of defeat -- 38 opposed, 24 favor -- was a shock, but not the defeat itself.

But this is only a temporary setback, I think. 2010? 2011? They'll be here soon. And while no one should have to wait for fairness and equality, that's how it breaks sometimes.

And now we know the names of 38 elected officials who have voted against equality. Most of them have spent decades trying to be everyone's friend, slapping the backs of the very voters whose equality they oppose. Now we know that those 38 men and women are not our friends.

The New York State Senators Against Equality:
Joseph Addabbo (D) — NO
James Alesi (R) — NO
Darrel Aubertine (D) — NO
John Bonacic (R) — NO
John DeFrancisco (R) — NO
Ruben Diaz (D) — NO
Hugh Farley (R) — NO
John Flanagan (R) — NO
Charles Fuschillo, Jr. (R) — NO
Martin Golden (R) — NO
Joseph Griffo (R) — NO
Kemp Hannon (R) — NO
Shirley Huntley (D) — NO
Owen Johnson (R) — NO
Carl Kruger (D) — NO
Andrew Lanza (R) — NO
Bill Larkin (R) — NO
Kenneth LaValle (R) — NO
Vincent Leibell (R) — NO
Tom Libous (R) — NO
Elizabeth Little (R) — NO
Carl Marcellino (R) — NO
George Maziarz (R) — NO
Roy McDonald (R) — NO
Hiram Monserrate (D) — NO
Thomas Morahan (R) — NO
Michael Nozzolio (R) — NO
George Onorato (D) — NO
Frank Padavan (R) — NO
Michael Ranzenhofer (R) — NO
Joseph Robach (R) — NO
Stephen Saland (R) — NO
James Seward (R) — NO
Dean Skelos (R) — NO
William Stachowski (D) — NO
Dale Volker (R) — NO
George Winner (R) — NO
Catherine Young (R) — NO

They do not deserve the votes or financial support of the LGBT community. And now they are On The Record.

On the other hand, you should support these state senators, who had the courage to do the right thing:
Eric Adams (D)
Neil Breslin (D)
Martin Malave Dilan (D
Tom Duane (D)
Pedro Espada (D)
Brian Foley (D)
Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D)
Craig Johnson (D)
Jeffrey Klein (D)
Liz Krueger (D)
Velmanette Montgomery (D)
Suzi Oppenheimer (D)
Kevin Parker (D)
Bill Perkins (D)
John Sampson (D)
Diane Savino (D)
Eric Schneiderman (D)
Jose Serrano (D)
Malcolm Smith (D)
Daniel Squadron (D)
Toby Ann Stavisky (D)
Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D)
Antoine Thompson (D)
David Valesky (D)