It passed anyway.
After the vote, our blogger Pat Young asked if Long Island is the “last refuge for homophobes,” or if those state senators are just out of touch.
A recent article in the Long Island Press asks Suffolk County Legislator Jon Cooper—Long Island’s first openly gay elected official—about the vote:
All nine—the Island’s entire GOP state Senate delegation−voted against Cuomo’s proposal last Friday night. For Cooper, the apparent hypocrisy has lost its sting now that marriage equality for same-sex couples has become law in New York.
“As far as I’m concerned it doesn’t matter anymore!” Cooper tells the Press. “Those nine senators are going to have to justify to their grandchildren someday their vote against equality. But that’s for them to live with.”
The article also cites David Kilmnick, the CEO of the Long Island GLBT Community Center, saying that Kilmnick will launch a campaign next year to “dump Long Island’s nine.”
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