Sen. James Alesi, a Rochester-area Republican, said this afternoon that he would support the legalization of same-sex marriage if it comes to the Senate floor for a vote, becoming the first Senate Republican to say he would back the measure.Alesi’s announcement came after he met behind closed doors with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and just an hour after three more Senate Democrats said they would back the measure. Advocates are not just two votes shy of having the 32 necessary for its passage in the Republican-led Senate.“This becomes a matter of equality for people, our sons and daughters, (who) deserve the same freedom and the same equality in this great country and in the state of New York that each of every one of us enjoy in our everyday life,” Alesi proclaimed.
Monday, June 13, 2011
This just in from Politics on the Hudson...New York Senator James Alesi of Rochester has announced his support for the marriage equality bill that is slated to be introduced in the state legislature. He now is the only Republican so far to join with the Democrats in supporting this critical piece of legislation. We are almost to the 32 votes necessary for passage!! Lets just hope that Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos will bring the bill to the floor.Tweet