“Sex and The City” star Cynthia Nixon and New York Rangers star Sean Avery were at the Capitol today meeting with state senators to build support for same-sex marriage.
Nixon has been a fairly regular face at the Capitol in recent years as she has told the story of how she wants to be able to marry her longtime fiance in New York. She came to the Capitol in 2009 to lobby lawmakers, but the measure failed in the Senate.
She said this time is different, though. Gay-rights advocates were buoyed yesterday by the support from 29 Democrats and one Republican, Sen. James Alesi of Perinton, Monroe County. Their support makes the bill just two votes shy of passage in the Senate, where 32 votes are required to pass legislation.
“You can really feel that change is in the air, change that has been coming for a long time,” said Nixon.
She added that the message is, “It’s okay to change your mind and that’s what we are starting to see. I think people have for a long time voted with the status quo and I think today people are starting to vote their conscience.”
For Avery, the Rangers tough-guy agitator, he said his support for the bill will hopefully encourage lawmakers to back it. Other athletes in support of same-sex marriage in New York have included Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash and former New York Giants great Michael Strahan.
“If you’re on the fence or a little nervous about being out there with it, it’s fine,” Avery said. “That’s why I’m here, to get that point across.”