Quinn Goes to Albany, Comes Back ‘Optimistic’

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said after meeting with undecided state lawmaker she feels “very optimistic” that same-sex marriage legislation will eventually pass.
In a brief telephone interview on her way back from Albany, Quinn told me she met with Democratic Senators Ruth Hassell-Thompson of the Bronx and George Onorato of Queens, Republican State Senator Andrew Lanza of Staten Island, and others who have not publicly taken a position on the issue.
Quinn, who is gay and has a background in gay-rights activism, said they were “very personal meetings” in which “people didn’t seem to be focused on the politics” or on “constituent reactions.