Sen. James Alesi, R-Perinton, Monroe County, wouldn’t say this morning how he will vote on the same-sex marriage bill scheduled to be heard today.
Alesi has been targeted by same-sex marriage advocates as a possible “yes” vote, but he questioned the timing of bringing the bill to a vote today when the state is also dealing with its budget woes.
“I think the collective atmosphere is such that people have waited so long to take care of the financial situation that a bill that is this controversial” may not be best served by a vote today, he said.
Sen. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, said that politics should not be a consideration in how lawmakers’ vote, saying it should be a personal decision.
Debate on the bill just started.