Despite the bill’s support by the state’s governor, the New York State Senate failed New Yorkers and Americans today by voting down same-sex marriage with a 38-24 margin. There was a bright shining moment in the chamber, that being an eloquent, heartfelt speech by Senator Diane Savino. Honestly, I have about the biggest schoolboy crush ever right now. Senator Savino, I never thought I’d say this, but I think I’m ready to settle down. Call me.
I cannot comprehend somebody listening to this speech and still disagreeing.
Deputy Republican leader, Tom Libous, said of today’s results: “Certainly this is an emotional issue and an important issue for many New Yorkers. I just don’t think the majority care too much about it at this time because they’re out of work, they want to see the state reduce spending, and they are having a hard time making ends meet. And I don’t mean to sound callous, but that’s true.”
So, apparently, unhappy New Yorkers would want to strip as many people as possible of their happiness. Here’s an interesting breakdown from the NY Times: “The defeat revealed stark divides: All 30 of the Republican senators opposed the bill, as did most of the members from upstate New York and Long Island. Support was heaviest among members from New York City and Westchester County and among the Senate’s 10 black members. Seven of the Senate’s 10 women voted for it.”
In other words, it’s more or less old, white, Christian, Republican males that are keeping this political discrimination going in New York, keeping gays and lesbians as second-class citizens, and once again strengthening my argument that Republicans are completely useless and downright hurtful to our country. Let’s bring back the Whig Party – at least they had a few decent ideas. With that said, not all Democrats are free from blame, with four first-term Democrat clowns playing it safe by voting nay along with four others. Hopefully this means that their first time in office is their last, because as Democratic Senator Kevin S. Parker put it after the results today, “This is the worst example of political cowardice I’ve ever seen.”
Cowardice is putting it nicely though. It’s an abomination. Disgusting. Oh, just for a hell of it, here are the names and emails of the eight Democrats that shot this bill down today. Whether you reside in the state of New York or not, please, have your voice heard.
Aubertine (Upstate) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Stachowski (Upstate) – email@example.com
Addabbo (Queens) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Onorato (Queens) – email@example.com
Diaz (Bronx) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kruger (Kings) – email@example.com
Huntley (Queens) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Monserrate (Queens) – email@example.com