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    Posted December 15, 2009

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New York Up-date/Take Action - Marriage Equality

The vote is over but Equity members should still be heard!

On Wednesday, December 2nd the New York State Senate decisively rejected a bill that would have allowed gay couples to wed. The final vote was 24-38. Eight Democrats voted "no". Although there is huge disappointment and frustration, it is a step forward for our democratic process in New York that a debate and vote have now occurred. Now we know where we stand, and where we need to concentrate our efforts in the future.

We thank Governor Paterson for his support. We thank each of the Senators who pushed for a vote and stood firm when it was time to be counted and we thank the members of the New York State Assembly-led by Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assemblymember Daniel O'Donnell-who have three times now voted for marriage equality by increasingly bipartisan majorities.

The fight is not over. Marriage Equality will once again be brought before the New York State Legislature and Equity members can begin to weigh in NOW!

What You Can Do

Below is the full roster of Senate votes. Take a moment to look up your Senator's information www.state.ny.us and let them know how you feel. The ones who did the right thing should know they have your support, the others should know they don't.

Adams - Yes.C. Johnson - Yes.Padavan - No.
Addabbo - No.O. Johnson - No.Parker - Yes.
Alesi - No.Klein - Yes.Perkins - Yes.
Aubertine - No.L. Krueger - Yes.Razenhofer - No.
Bonacic - No.C. Kruger - No.Robach - No.
Breslin - Yes.Lanza - No.Saland - No.
DeFrancisco - NoLarkin - No.Sampson - Yes.
Diaz Sr. - No.Lavalle - No. Savino - Yes.
Dilan - Yes. Leibell - No. Schneiderman - Yes.
Duane - Yes. Libous - No. Serrano - Yes.
Espada Jr. - Yes. Little - No. Seward - No.
Farley - No. Marcellino - No. Skelos - No.
Flanagan - No. Maziarz - No. Smith - Yes.
Foley - Yes. McDonald - No. Squadron - Yes.
Fuschillo - No. Monserrate - No. Stachowski - No.
Golden - No. Montgomery - Yes. Stavisky - Yes.
Griffo - No. Morahan - No. Stewart-Cousins - Yes.
Hannon - No. Nozzolio - No. Thompson - Yes.
Hassell-Thompson - Yes. Onorato - No. Valesky - Yes.
Huntley - No. Oppenheimer - Yes. Volker - No.
Winner - No. Young - No.  





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