New York Marriage Equality Rally -
A rally for same-sex marriage in New York was held at the capitol in Albany, NY on Tuesday. The bill was passed by the assembly, but has yet to be voted on in the senate.
The senate is one vote shy for approval and hundreds of people showed up to rally to show their support for marriage equality.
“I believe the people are entitled to a vote and let the elected officials stand up and say ‘yea’ or ‘nay,’” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “I believe that’s how democracy works … I believe there will be a vote and I am cautiously optimistic that it will pass.”
One of the first Republicans in the senate to voice his support for the bill spoke out and gave his word that he will be voting for the Marriage Equality act. Jim Alesi said, “I’m a Republican, and I was born that way” poking fun with the crowd, he also stated that he lost friends when he come to the decision to vote for marriage equality, but joked again saying “ I think I have some new friends.”
“I’m a Republican, and I was born that way” – State Republican Senator Jim Alesi.
Since the bill was shot down two years ago, many other states since then shot down same-sex marriage also. With the hope of New York passing this bill it might jump start other states to follow suit.
New York’s legislative session had been scheduled to end Monday, but is continuing.