Friday, April 27, 2007

Assemblyman Canestrari changes his position on marriage

Albany-area Assemblyman Ron Canestrari (D) has has changed his position against marriage equality and now supports it. This comes on the day that Gov. Spitzer introduced a marriage bill in the NYS Legislature.

Canestrari has traditionally been a supporter of the LGBT community, but was rated "opposed to marriage" on the Pride Agenda's legislative scorecard. After a meeting today with a Pride Agenda staffmember, Assemblyman Canestrari stated that he would support the newly-introduced marriage bill.

It's also the first time that any lawmaker has moved from a ranking of "5" (publicly opposed) to a rating of "2" (indicates support) since the creation of the scorecard. Canestrari is rated a "1" (publicly in support) on both the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) and the Dignity for All Students Act.

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