As momentum builds for a vote on gay marriage in the final week of the legislative session, five GOP state Senators are considering a yes vote. Twenty-nine of 30 Democrats now lined up to support the bill. Two more votes from the Republican side of the aisle are needed for gay marriages to become legal in New York.
Four formerly undecided senators — three Democrats and one Republican — said on Monday that they would support the bill, bringing the total number of yes votes to 30 out of the 32 needed. Governor Andrew Cuomo said he plans to introduce the bill by the end of the week, once he has the votes he needs.
2. Andrew Lanza
Andrew Lanza of Staten Island told WNYC's Ailsa Chang on Tuesday that he is being lobbied 24/7. He told the Staten Island Advance in May that he's behind the idea of civil unions but is unsure about all-out same-sex marriage. "While I have been a 'no,' I continue to listen and keep an open mind. I truly wish we could go with civil unions and see what would happen in a couple of years. Those who advocate for same-sex marriage talk about the economic issues and rights associated with marriage. I know we can accomplish that with civil unions. But it seems we have gotten beyond that."
3. Roy McDonald
Roy McDonald of Rensselaer was personally lobbied by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, according to the the Albany Times Union. "Right now, I'm somewhat undecided," he told the newspaper. "I'm sensitive to all people."
4. Betty Little
Betty Little of Glens Falls told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise two weeks ago that same-sex marriage has its best chance yet of passing, but she did not say exactly where she stood on the issue. "Certainly it's more of a possibility this year than it ever has been," she said. The paper continued to report that Little would not vote for the measure.
5. Stephen Saland
Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie told the Journal News two weeks ago that he was still undecided. "I've heard from any number of people on both sides of the issue," Saland said. "And certainly I'm trying to take into account, in a deliberative fashion, the issues that have been raised by the proponents, issues which hadn't necessarily been raised with me when I cast a vote previously."