Republican Senator Greg Ball is turning to Facebook and Twitter to let Americans have a say in swaying his vote on gay marriage! You can tweet at him to vote YES on Marriage Equality @ball4ny.
“On Twitter, the feedback is overwhelmingly in favor of a yes vote on the bill, which has yet to be formally introduced by the state senate’s GOP leadership. On Ball’s Facebook page, where users are generally less anonymous and more tend to be residents of his Hudson Valley district, response is more mixed, with Ball estimating a 50-50 split.
And in Ball’s district office, he said, calls and letters are running about 60-40 in favor of a no vote.
In the 62-member GOP-controlled state senate, 29 Democrats and two Republicans have pledged to support the bill. It is seen as not likely that Republican leadership will allow the chamber to vote on the bill if only one more Republican votes yes, thus a scramble is on to secure at least two more GOP votes for the bill, sources told POLITICO Monday.”
— Marc Solomon, a national pro-gay-marriage organizer who has been involved both in New York and in California’s effort to overturn Proposition 8 (via cornonthedomcobb)
Great news today! As you probably know by now, the marriage bill has been passed in the New York state assembly!! This is great news especially for us since we’re based out of New York, but on an even larger scale this means that marriage equality is finally gaining momentum! State by state, this will happen.
But first the bill has to be passed in the Senate. It’s teetering on the edge now with a tie vote at 31-31. Two Republican Senators have said that they are undecided. We’re on the edge of our seats at the moment waiting for the decision, but hoping that the Senators will heed the wishes of the millions of Americans who are being denied this most basic right, and indeed to heed the will of our forefathers who, first and foremost, wanted to establish a country that allowed freedom to all of its citizens.
Although we very much understand the religious sensitivities and concerns raised by many opposed groups and individuals, we’re a little concerned at how often that whole “separation of church and state” bit is overlooked by our Senators. The marriage bill even includes ‘protection’ for the clergy and churches who don’t wish to allow gay marriage within their establishments. So everyone should be happy, right? Of course not… Not for now, at least.
But we’re never going to lose hope that maybe one day, everyone will be. We should hope that bill will be passed sooner rather than later since there are thousands lovely gay couples who’ve been waiting their whole lives to do what so many straight couples take for granted. If not today though, we know that this inequality can only go on for so long. Love is too strong for one Senate decision to beat it down.
We’ll keep you updated and keep our fingers tightly crossed that these Senators have a change of heart SOON!