Republican New York state senator Jim Alesi, the first NY Republican to come out in favor of marriage equality last week, gave a rousing and impressive speech yesterday in Albany. Though the vote still hasn’t taken place, Senator Alesi seemed confident that marriage equality will pass in New York.
“Passing marriage equality is the most important thing that I think I can do in my 20-year history as a legislator,” he said of the bill’s potential passage.
On losing conservative allies because of his support for marriage equality, he said: “I think I have some new friends.”
While his statement that he was a “born” Republican might be arguable, Sen. Alesi does seem like a pretty decent guy. Hopefully more of his Republican colleagues will show some cojones and the Senate will follow his lead.