“I want a license that all of you have; some of you have had it two or three times.” New York State Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell (D-Upper West Side), whose humorous and passionate speech to the Assembly last week is being credited with swaying enough legislators to make New York the second state (after California) to have a legislative body approve same-sex marriage.
O’Donnell (who is Rosie’s brother) was the sponsor of the bill, but his speech still left a few Democrats unmoved, such as Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) who sarcastically suggested legislation to legalize incest. The state Senate did not consider their version of the bill before the current session ended on Thursday, thanks to Republican Majority Leader Joe Bruno, who has vowed he will never allow it to come to a vote. Should the bill ever clear the state Senate, a prospect that seems dim for the foreseeable future, Governor Spitzer has pledged to sign it into law.
The year is half-over, I think we should start a file on prospective nominees for 2007’s Queer Of The Year. So far I’m thinking Peter Tatchell and Daniel O’Donnell.