As everyone in the whole wide world should know by now, last night the New York Senate approved the same-sex marriage law by a vote of 33 to 29. This bill would not have passed had it not been for four courageous Republicans who chose not to be pawns for the forces of evil which have been allowed to hijack their party.
The immoral conservatives opposed the bill on "moral grounds," or so they said, but only their stooges believe that kind of tripe. Their overriding motivation was to preserve their political hides. Leaders of the state's Conservative Party warned they would oppose any Republicans in legislative elections next year who voted for same-sex marriage. This should not be surprising in a party where the main requirement for membership is to look, act, talk, think and vote in tandem. No independent thinkers, that is - deviants, allowed.
With this threat looming over their heads, it is even more remarkable that the following four Republicans opted to walk a higher moral ground to vote in favor of same-sex marriage.
James S. Alesi - Rochester
Mark J. Grisanti - Buffalo
Stephen M. Saland - Hudson Valley
Roy J. McDonald - capital region
Each of these Republicans had their own reasons for supporting the bill but none stated it quite so succinctly as McDonald did just hours after Archbishop Timothy Dolan led a band of religious groups protesting same-sex marriage.
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," McDonald, 64, told reporters.
You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, f--- 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.