When Monserrate and Addabbo Favored Gay Rights

addabbo When Monserrate and Addabbo Favored Gay RightsHiram Monserrate and Joe Addabbo are two of the eight Senate Democrats who voted against same-sex marriage yesterday.

But while they were in the City Council, they twice voted in favor of extending rights to gay couples.

On August 15, 2002, Monserrate and Addabbo voted to force New York City to recognize “marriages that are not recognized by the state of New York, domestic partnerships, and civil unions, lawfully entered into in other jurisdictions.”

Then, on March 14, 2007, Monserrate and Addabbo voted in favor of allowing citizens and residents here who are in “binational same-sex relationships to sponsor their foreign-born partners for immigration to the United States.”

A number of other resolutions to bolster gay rights that were introduced during their earlier years in the City Council, under Speaker Gifford Miller, never came to the floor for a vote. Including one resolution calling on the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act “and also opposing any attempts by New York State elected officials to pass similar discriminatory legislation.”

Below is a breakdown of the votes (and non-votes).

Inro 0114-2002
Date of vote: 8/15/02
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the recognition of marriages that are not recognized by the state of New York, domestic partnerships, and civil unions, lawfully entered into in other jurisdictions.
Addabbo-Yes
Monserrate-Yes

Reso 1190-2003
Date of Vote: Never voted on [12/31/03]
Resolution calling upon the New York State Senate to pass S. 2413-A, a bill that would ensure equal treatment for all domestic violence victims by amending the Family Court Act and Criminal Procedure Law to permit a victim of domestic abuse to file for an order of protection against a member of the same family or household, regardless of the victim’s marital status or sexual orientation.

Reso 0836-2005
Date of Vote: Never Voted On
Resolution urging Mayor Michael Bloomberg to instruct the City Law Department to withdraw the appeal of Judge Doris Ling-Cohan’s decision in the case of Hernandez v. Robles, and instruct the Clerk of the City of New York to comply with the sum and substance of that decision by issuing a civil marriage license to any and every same-sex couple that is otherwise qualified to receive such license.

Reso 0591-2004
Date of Vote: Never Voted On
Resolution supporting S. 1510 and H.R. 832, the Permanent Partners Immigration Act of 2003, which would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to allow United States citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their permanent partners for legal residence in the United States.

Reso 0442-2004
Date of Vote: Never Voted On
Resolution calling upon the Council of the City of New York to support the Albany County Supreme Court petition of Elissa Kane and Lynne Lekakis and Robert Barnes and George Jurgsatis seeking to compel the State Department of Health to permit the Albany County City Clerk to issue marriage licenses to the two couples who were recently joined by a Unitarian Universalist Minister.

Reso 0207-2004
Date of Vote: Never Voted On
Resolution calling upon the Mayor to instruct the City Clerk to recognize the fundamental rights of same-sex partners by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the City of New York.

Reso 0171-2004
Date of Vote: Never Voted On
Resolution opposing state interference with same-sex couples who choose to marry and share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities and commitment of civil marriage and calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass the New York Right to Marry Bill (currently A.7392 and S.3816).

Reso 0137-2004
Date of Vote: Never Vote on
[Note: Gifford Miller among the sponsors]
Resolution opposing any amendment to the Federal Constitution that would define marriage as a union that can only exist between a man and a woman, opposing the Federal Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, and also opposing any attempts by New York State elected officials to pass similar discriminatory legislation.
Link

Reso 2172-2009
Date of Vote: 9/30/2009
Approved by voice vote
Felder, Ignizio and Oddo voted against it.

Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass the Uniting American Families Act of 2009 (H.R.1024/S. 424) or other legislation which would provide a mechanism under the Immigration and Nationality Act to allow United States citizens and legal permanent residents in binational same-sex relationships to sponsor their foreign-born partners for lawful permanent resident status in a manner consistent with the legal requirements and rights currently enjoyed by opposite-sex couples.

Reso 0366-2006
Date of Vote: 3/14/07
Addabbo-Yes
Monserrate-Yes
Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to reintroduce and pass the Uniting American Families Act, which would provide a mechanism under the Immigration and Nationality Act to allow United States citizens and legal permanent residents in binational same-sex relationships to sponsor their foreign-born partners for immigration to the United States in a manner consistent with the legal requirements and rights currently enjoyed by opposite-sex couples.