The Albany Correspondent: Marriage Equality Update By CARLOS GONZALEZ

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Gonzalez_Carlos1 Sen. James Alesi, who was a Republican no vote in 2009, is the first yes vote from the Republican conference on same-sex marriage – officially going on the record.

Sources close to Gov. Andrew Cuomo state he plans to introduce his same-sex marriage bill “soon” with a copy of the text available June 14, 2011.

If Cuomo proceeds with an introduction of the bill, pundits believe it is a clear indication that the governor is confident for passage in the Republican-led Senate.  

As of Monday night, June 13, 2011, only two more votes are needed in order for the measure to be approved.  There are four Republican Senate members who are still undecided. 

Alesi, addressing the media after a meeting with Cuomo in his office, said he was “wrong” to vote no in 2009 and that he apologized for casting a “political vote.”

His new stance also comes as after three Senate Democrats — Shirley Huntley, Joe Addabbo and Carl Kruger — said they would vote yes. All voted no in 2009.

Doing so has changed the paradigm relating to passage of this bill.  The move places tremendous pressure on Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos to allow a fair vote should a bill reach the floor.  

Now attention will likely turn to the other undecided Republicans, Sens. Greg Ball, Andrew Lanza, Steve Saland and Roy McDonald.  As of tonight, all remain undecided.

It's quite possible that all four undecided Republican members of the Senate would vote yes.  This would avoid any member from the GOP from being tagged as the deciding vote, assuming only two would flip to the aye column.  

Let's remember that it was The Westchester Guardian / Yonkers Tribune who predicted this scenario. We stated that final passage would very much be in the hands of the IDC members, led by Senator Jeff Klein (D-Westchester), as they would have considerable access to negotiations behind closed doors held by Senate Republicans.  All four members of the IDC are in support of Marriage Equality, so Alesi is not alone.  

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