Without A Vote So Far, a Marriage Opponent Sees Hope

An opponent of  same-sex marriage said the storm of protesters who have descended on the Capitol have stalled a gay marriage bill from passing.

“On Friday, this thing would have passed,” said Anthony Falzarano, a self-described former homosexual who has come to Albany to lobby against the passage of same-sex marriage. “Finally, the church has woken up and literally, you’re going to see about 250 Christians here in about an hour. And, senators know, election year is next year.”

“We’ve been watching every senator coming out,” said Falzarano, standing down the hall from Republican State Senate Leader’s office. “They’ve been seeing us.”

Republican have not committed to voting for the bill, saying they were negotiation for more protections for religiously affiliated organizations. Advocates for the bill, like Governor Cuomo, have said they are “cautiously optimistic” they have enough votes to pass it. Currently there are 31 publicly declared votes for the bill, one short of the minimum needed to pass it in the State Senate. The bill already passed the Assembly.

Falzarano, dressed in light blue pants and a dark blue blazer, said he was gay, and underwent two years of “very difficult” therapy, and has now been “healed” from the gay lifestyle.

Without A Vote So Far, a Marriage Opponent Sees Hope