In the wake of the New York Assembly passing a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state, New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg paid a visit to Albany to lobby for a crucial tie-break vote on same-sex marriage on Thursday.
Although 31 senators have openly said they support the bill, there needs to be 32 votes of the 62 senators voting to pass the historic law.
The NYC mayor met behind closed doors at a gathering of Senate Republicans in the capital and urged them to view same-sex nuptials as a matter of individual liberty.
Unfortunately, he left without securing any commitments from senators to vote "yes" on equality, but it's the thought that counts!
The mayor said he has been specifically pressing Senators John Flanagan of Long Island, Mark Grisanti of Buffalo and Andrew Lanza of Staten Island to consider voting for same-sex marriage. We don't want to get our hopes up, but sources say two of them have suggested there is a good chance they will vote yes!
Considering he is one of the party's BIGGEST financial supporters, we're sure SOMEONE listened to what he had to say.
When asked for a comment, he told reporters:
“I can just tell you that people I know and people I respect believe in democracy and they believe in supporting candidates that they think are honest.”
So true! To all the senators mulling this decision over in their heads, please just do what you know in your heart is RIGHT! Vote "yes" and make New York the sixth state to allow marriage equality! You'll be making A LOT of people very, very happy!
Do U think that his efforts will be rewarded and the Senate will pass the bill legalizing same-sex marriage in New York?
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