Alesi: “I’ve Agonized Over This For Months”

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The video of Sen. James Alesi, R-Perinton, Monroe County, yesterday holding his head as he decided to vote no against same-sex marriage illustrated how agonized he said he was over the vote.

“I’ve agonized over this for months,” Alesi said last night. “And part of why I agonized was because I had a pretty good idea ahead of time that this was going to go down and it was going to go down significantly.”

So Alesi was the first Republican to vote yesterday and after Democratic Sen. Joseph Addabbo, D-Queens, voted no, it became even clearer to Alesi the vote was going to fail.

“Addabbo voting no on this made it very clear that the support that the Democrats thought they had in their own conference was far less than what they really did,” Alesi continued. “And Addabbo’s vote was a clear signal that this thing was going to go down in flames.”

A theory around the Capitol yesterday was that Addabbo’s vote triggered Alesi’s no vote and then other Democrats and Republicans on the fence followed suit, leading to the 24-38 defeat.

“When it starts to loss, it’s kind of like a stampede,” Gov. David Paterson said this morning on 710-AM (WOR). “So I think if you had a conscience vote, like a secret ballot, the vote would have been closer.”

Alesi said he wasn’t swayed by Addabbo’s vote, but more angered that the vote was taking place amid the state’s fiscal crisis.

“I care deeply about the people in the gay community and I think that it was very unfair to bring this bill up when it was going to get slaughtered,” Alesi said.

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  1. Oh, poor him.

    “So I think if you had a conscience vote, like a secret ballot, the vote would have been closer.” Meaning you can have a conscience if it’s in secret, where no one can see you. IF he had a conscience, full stop.

    “I care deeply about the people in the gay community and I think that it was very unfair to bring this bill up when it was going to get slaughtered,” Alesi said.

    With help from him. And yet he CARES.

    And he’s a good man? COWARD.

  2. Agonized? He agonized about his decision to disenfranchise hundreds if not thousands of families in New York State? Really? Agony is felt when a loving couple cannot marry yet their heterosexual counterparts can enter into a civil marriage with little more than a few dollars. Agony is felt when a loving partner in a same sex marriage cannot be at the bedside of his or her dying partner. Agony is felt when that partner loses their home because their partner died suddenly and no will was in place. Agony is felt every day by countless of gay and lesbian couples in this state knowing that their relationships are not recognized in the eyes of the law.

    Unfortunately, many in our society stop at the bedroom when they think of same sex marriage. Marriage is not about sex. Marriage is a legal contract which creates kinship. It is through this legal contract that certain protections are afforded to couples. This is what same sex couples want for their families. The legal protections afforded to their heterosexual counterparts.