A bill that would legalize gay marriage in New York, backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and already approved by the Democrat-controlled state Assembly, is one vote shy of the 32 needed for passage in the Republican-controlled Senate. The latest convert, Sen. Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga), recently told reporters:
You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn't black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing. You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, fuck it, I don't care what you think. I'm trying to do the right thing.
I'm tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background. I'm trying to do the right thing, and that's where I'm going with this.
Meanwhile, Archbishop Tomothy Dolan condemned the bill as the sort of social engineering you'd expect in China or North Korea, where "government presumes daily to 'redefine' rights, relationships, values and natural law." Dolan explained that Americans, by contrast, "cherish true freedom, not as the license to do whatever we want, but the liberty to do what we ought."