Shirley Huntley, Joe Addabbo and Carl Kruger are all set to support same-sex marriage, according to Capital Tonight and the New York Times.
That gives advocates 29 Democratic votes (Democratic State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., a Pentecostal minister, is not expected to drop his opposition).
So far, no Republican has come out in support of the bill, but a handful of “undecided” GOP members are thought to be possible converts, including Jim Alesi, Greg Ball, Mark Grisanti and Andrew Lanza.
On May 10, Governor Andrew Cuomo launched his public push for same-sex marriage with a speech inside the glass-encased Gordon Student Center at the Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. Invited guests sat in folding chairs as Mr. Cuomo leisurely clicked through a slide show accompanying his speech. After 20 minutes, he sounded impatient. “Other states Read More
Freshman Republican Mark Grisanti, in an interview with me yesterday:
I do have family members that are homosexual and have same-sex partners. And we talk about it. But coming out in the forefront as it has in the four months I have been here, I understand the issue, but it is something I struggle with inside as to where I’m at with it. I mean, I’m all for the rights, I just have a problem with the word marriage…As of right now, if I had to vote on it, it would be no.
Grisanti also spoke to Liz Benjamin, who called the loss of Grisanti “a potential blow” to the cause. Grisanti is a freshman who was elected to an overwhelmingly Democratic district in Buffalo, but on the Republican line after losing the Democratic primary. He won his seat, in part because hometown favorite Carl Paladino was running on the Republican line for governor, and incumbent Democratic State Senator Antoine Thompson was not without his problems.