Libous Talks It Out With Cousin Michael


Sen. Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton, said there are no hard feelings between him and his gay cousin Michael, who penned a letter critical of the Republican senator’s opposition to same-sex marriage.

“I’ve had a couple conversations with my cousin Michael. I love my cousin Michael. We get along very well,” Libous told Gannett’s Albany Bureau today. “My only comment to him was I had only wished that he had a conversation with me, but he’s entitled to his feelings. I respect that and he did what he felt he had to do.”

He continued, “But we’ve had a couple of conversations. We’ll still have family reunions and have a cocktail together. Obviously, this is very personal issue to him and I respect that. I respect that immensely.”

Michael Libous went public with his concerns about his cousin’s stance on same-sex marriage, in particular the senator’s co-sponsorship of legislation that would strip same-sex couples of rights in New York if they are married in other states.

Libous is second in command in the Senate, and he said the reason he is co-sponsoring that legislation is because he supports marriage only between a man and a woman. He said he supports civil unions.

“I support civil unions. Those who would suggest that I’m against people’s civil rights is nonsense,” Libous said.

The Senate is being heavily lobbied by both sides on whether to take up a vote this year to legalize same-sex marriage. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is personally talking with lawmakers to encourage them to support the bill.


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  1. “Those who would suggest that I’m against people’s civil rights is nonsense,” HUH???? You are co-sponsoring a bill that would invalidate my out of state marriage, but somehow that is NOT stripping me of rights that I already have??? AND—Cuomo would veto it in a second if it actually made it out of committee and was passed. It is PRECISELY “Against civil rights”, and extraordinarily mean spirited, nasty and ugly to fellow New Yorkers. At least he should man up and tell the truth. It’s like saying “I have nothing against blacks, but i don’t want them in my neighborhood”. Nasty nasty nasty

  2. just the facts on

    its all about the conservative party line in the next election ABOLISH CROSS ENDORSEMENTS