The push for institutionalizing same-sex marriage in New York state just got a major ally in Sen. James Alesi, R-N.Y., who said his opposition to a measure two years ago was a purely political move, reports the New York Post.
"I was supporting the conference vote that I thought at the time politically was necessary when we were in the minority. We are no longer in the minority," he said.
Alesi said he would get behind the same-sex marriage bill currently headed to the New York legislature as long as churches won’t be forced to conduct ceremonies with which they do not agree.
"I believe that if you live in America and you expect equality and freedom for yourself, you should extend it to other people," he said.
Up to six of New York’s 32 Republicans appear to be in support of the bill, but fear repercussions of their support from conservative groups, according to the Post.
A vote on the bill could come as soon as this week.
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