Invited by a friend of mine at The New York Times to attend the 15th floor conference center to watch, hear and meet the panel for
Same-Sex Marriage: The Road to Passage in New York State.
With City Council Speaker, Christine Quinn, NY State Senator, James S. Alesi (the Republican from Rochester who swung into support), and Andrew Cuomo, our governor.
This is what I gleaned:
1) James S. Alesi voted for what his constituents wanted. It was also an act of bravery, since bullies have been at him before, during and after.
2) Christine Quinn has a warm Long Island accent and is smart.
3) Governor Cuomo repeated again and again that lack of marriage equality was discrimination. Pure and simple. He never left that idea. He said politicians are scared and that politicians follow people, not the other way around, as we would like to believe. So you have to teach the people to think the right way and then they do and then you can vote for the new thinking. He viewed it as an education of others, that once all the hot emotions fell, the conservatives had nothing to back up their position---except discrimination. This was pure and simple for him. An issue of discrimination. And in a state of equality, in a country of equality, it had to go.
4) The guy sitting next to me was something of importance at the bureau there. He smelled so much of garlic, my head started to pound.
5) The New York Times building is gorgeous. Go in it.
I was near the governor as he was leaving and shook his hand. I think he will run for president in 2016, though, he did not tell me such a thing. I thanked him for what he did. He has a good sense of humor. I would vote for him.
I think people should not eat garlic in the middle of the day---unless they suspect mutant daylight resistant vampires.