Gianaris: Bring Gay Marriage To A Vote

Michael Gianaris

May 23, 2011

State of Politics wrote about part of Senator Gianaris' interview on "The Capitol Pressroom," during which he said that a same-sex marriage bill must be introduced and brought to a vote.

Democratic Sen. Mike Gianaris today disagreed with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to not introduce a bill supporting same-sex marriage unless the votes are available, saying the public deserves to know where individual legislators stand.

In an interview on WCNY’s Capitol Pressroom this morning, Gianaris, D-Queens, said not having a bill allows Senate Republicans to tease on where they and duck the issue on where they stand.

“Bottom line is simple: Put it on the floor let people take a vote, let’s know where everybody is and then people can make decisions accordingly.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he would not introduce his bill for same-sex marriage unless the votes are available.

Gianaris did say that the pro-same-sex marriage advocates and Cuomo are doing an effective strategy, which includes behind-the-scenes talks with advocates and fence-sitting legislators.

Still, Gianaris accused Republicans of stalling on the issue.

Read the full article here.