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12/02/2009

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by Jeremy Hooper

NY loses.

**Here's the roll call. It's very important to hold the "nos" accountable:

Adams - Yes.

(D) Addabbo - No.

Alesi - No.

(D) Aubertine - No.

Bonacic - No.

Breslin - Yes.

DeFrancisco - No

(D) Diaz Sr. - No.

Dilan - Yes.

Duane - Yes.

Espada Jr. - Yes.

Farley - No.

Flanagan - No.

Foley - Yes.

Fuschillo - No.

Golden - No.

Griffo - No.

Hannon - No.

Hassell-Thompson - Yes.

(D) Huntley - No.

C. Johnson. Yes.

O. Johnson. - No.

Klein - Yes.

L. Krueger - Yes.

(D) C. Kruger - No.

Lanza - No.

Larkin - No.

Lavalle - No.

Leibell - No.

Libous - No.

Little - No.

Marcellino - No.

Maziarz - No.

McDonald - No.

(D) Monserrate - No.

Montgomery - Yes.

Morahan - No.

Nozzolio - No.

(D) Onorato - No.

Oppenheimer - Yes.

Padavan - No.

Parker - Yes.

Perkins - Yes.

Ranzenhofer - No.

Robach - No.

Saland - No.

Sampson - Yes.

Savino - Yes.

Schneiderman - Yes.

Serrano - Yes.

Seward - No.

Skelos - No.

Smith - Yes.

Squadron - Yes.

(D) Stachowski - No.

Stavisky - Yes.

Stewart-Cousins - Yes.

Thompson - Yes.

Valesky - Yes.

Volker - No.

Winner - No.

Young - No.

**Eight Democrats voted against us (including flip-flopper Monserrate), joining every last one of the Republicans

*Photo breakdown here*

**UPDATE: The Pride Agenda weighs in:

Pride Agenda Executive Director Reacts to Today's Vote on Marriage Equality in the New York State Senate

Moments ago, the Pride Agenda released the following statement from Executive Director Alan Van Capelle:
"While we are disappointed by today’s vote, we are pleased that the issue of marriage equality at last was debated in the New York State Senate. We had long called for a public debate on this matter so we could determine who was truly on our side.

It is a step forward for our democratic process in New York that a debate and vote have now occurred. Now we know where we stand, and where we need to concentrate our efforts in the future.

We are incredibly thankful to those who have stood with us and will continue to stand with us as our community presses forward to win marriage equality. In this regard:

We thank Governor Paterson for his unstinting support;

We thank each of the Senators who pushed for a vote and stood with us when it was time to be counted;

We also thank the members of the New York State Assembly—led by Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell—who have three times now voted for marriage equality by increasingly bipartisan majorities; and

We thank our many allies in the labor, faith and the business communities for their support and willingness to speak out.

To the tens of thousands of LGBT New Yorkers who have worked hard for equality, and to those who may for the very first time have become politically involved due to this fight, our message is as follows:

Our fight continues. Marriage equality is coming to New York. Time clearly is on our side and you can be sure that we will never stop working until we win.

To those Senators who do not yet see our families as deserving the same protections as other families in New York, our message is simple:

We are more committed than ever to this fight. We will redouble our efforts in your district to ensure that our voice is heard. We know our cause is just. We know that a growing majority of New Yorkers believes in the same values of fairness and equality that we do. If you cannot support us, we will find candidates for public office who do, and we will work through the democratic system to affect needed change."

**Here's the kind of rhetoric for which the majority voted:

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DNBlog1's photostream [Flickr]

That, coupled, with Ruben Diaz's speech about voting with your Bibles? Congratulations, faith-based bigotry! You had a great day trampling over CIVIL government!!

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Your thoughts

I'm sorry Jeremy.

Posted by: Adrian | Dec 2, 2009 2:59:43 PM

Not exactly the close vote I expected. Very inspiring speeches in favor of marriage equality. Also insightful comments on the political posturing of those who cower and refuse to do what is right.

Posted by: Rick | Dec 2, 2009 3:01:30 PM

*hug*

Heartbreaking.

Posted by: Break the Terror (Evan) | Dec 2, 2009 3:06:00 PM

Well Adrian, I am married and my marriage is recognized here. Apologize instead to my thousands of gay neighbors who can't simply go to their local office in order to obtain their marriage license. The state is forcing us to go elsewhere. It's ridiculous. They are simply exporting the commerce.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Dec 2, 2009 3:07:24 PM

My deepest sympathies, Jeremy.

Posted by: Timothy Kincaid | Dec 2, 2009 3:14:08 PM

Fascinated that only one no vote defended his bigotry on the Senate floor while MANY of the Yes votes stood right up and said why they were voting for equality. I think they need to be held accountable.

Posted by: JamieMcG | Dec 2, 2009 3:21:19 PM

JamieMcG: That’s exactly what I thought, if they are so righteous why not stand up and defend their views? They are right in there eyes, so why be scared of standing up and saying it? The only reason I can think off is that they know they are wrong, but are too worried about keeping their jobs to stand up for what is right.

Posted by: Randy | Dec 2, 2009 3:48:21 PM

This is in no way a plug for me (just pix) but after the devastating/disgusting news of NY's equality bill today, I wanted to show what marriage is like regardless of who you are!

http://www.deburgogalvez.weddingherald.com/index.php/view_event.php

Pass code 367489

Posted by: Jason J. | Dec 2, 2009 4:11:07 PM

Yup, I thought the same about the silent 'no' voters. There was really nothing for them to do but quietly vote and hope the bill went down. Honestly, it was revolting to watch.

I'm glad NY State will recognize my marriage if I choose to wed elsewhere, but I was really hoping to do it soon with the full legal approval of my state. I really don't want to have to explain or prove to employers and insurers and others that my marriage counts.

Posted by: Rick | Dec 2, 2009 4:41:01 PM

At least, now we know where they stand and how much work we still have to finish.

Posted by: Sam | Dec 2, 2009 4:45:49 PM

I feel like it is November 4th all over again and that's not a good feeling. Damn.

L

Posted by: Leslie | Dec 2, 2009 4:48:47 PM

I'm sorry NY. It's disgusting when hate counts more than love. I truly do not know how any of those no people can sleep at night or look at themselves in the mirror.

Nevertheless, I believe love will triumph over hate. Love is more powerful than any negative thing could be.

Remember back in the early days of AIDS activism we used to chant 'shame, shame' at the government reps who were doing nothing while thousands died? It's time to bring that chant back. For shame, for shame.

@ Jason J: what glorious pictures - I love them! I especially like the one of the two of you laughing together and the one of the two of you kissing while on the path. It looks like the road of life and you starting it with a kiss. Lovely. And a welcome sojourn from the news today. A visual representation of the triumph of love. Thank you.

Posted by: Em | Dec 2, 2009 5:23:25 PM

Jason, those photos are lovely. (I've just looked at the "pre-ceremony" section so far. There are a lot of photos.)

TRiG.

Posted by: Timothy (TRiG) | Dec 3, 2009 9:46:11 AM

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