'What the Hell': Huntley Explains Her Marriage Vote, Predicts Democratic Senate

huntley marriage 'What the Hell': Huntley Explains Her Marriage Vote, Predicts Democratic SenateTwo years after she voted against same-sex marriage, State Senator Shirley Huntley stood outside Governor Cuomo’s marriage party in Chelsea on Sunday afternoon and spoke frankly about why she changed her vote.

“I guess it just got to my heart,” she said, describing one young boy who was the child of some same-sex marriage advocates.

“I could see this child was well-reared, you could just tell,” she said. “I talked to a lot of people like that – him and other people who came – you know, and I said, what the hell.” Continue reading “'What the Hell': Huntley Explains Her Marriage Vote, Predicts Democratic Senate”

A Few Swing Senators Come to Cuomo's Marriage Party

cuomo celebration e1311568126245 A Few Swing Senators Come to Cuomo's Marriage PartyAfter leaning on a handful of State Senators to switch their stance on same-sex marriage, Governor Andrew Cuomo convinced a few of the former No votes to attend his marriage celebration in Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

“The governor invited me to come today,” explained Queens State Senator Shirley Huntley, on the sidewalk outside the Dream Hotel on West 16th Street. “I’ve known the governor a very long time. And he wanted me to be here, so I figured that I would.”

Huntley was one of four state senators who made it to the party, along with fellow Democrat Tom Duane, and two Republicans, James Alesi of Rochester and Stephen Saland of the Hudson Valley. All but Duane voted against the bill back in 2009. Continue reading “A Few Swing Senators Come to Cuomo's Marriage Party”

N.O.M. Targets N.Y. Lawmakers

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N.O.M. is targeting Mark Grisanti and other State Senators.

The National Organization for Marriage is sending out $150,000 worth of mailings targeting a handful of state senators who voted to legalize same-sex marriage, the group said.

Targets of the mailing are the Republicans who voted for it, and the Democrats who supported the bill this year after opposing it in 2009: Republican Senators Mark Grisanti, Roy McDonald, James Alesi and Stephen Saland, and Democratic Senators Shirley Huntley, Joseph Addabbo and Carl Kruger. Continue reading “N.O.M. Targets N.Y. Lawmakers”

The Wedding Party! HRC Hosts a Same-Sex Marriage Celebration

alesi hrc fingers e1309378423818 The Wedding Party! HRC Hosts a Same Sex Marriage CelebrationWhen Republican State Senator Jim Alesi was introduced at the Human Rights Campaign party Tuesday night, celebrating last week’s passage of same-sex marriage, the audience exploded with cheers and applause.

“That’s exactly what it sounded like when I went to church on Sunday,” he said. The audience burst into laughter.

Continue reading “The Wedding Party! HRC Hosts a Same-Sex Marriage Celebration”