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Republican NY State Senator Roy McDonald's Awesome Defense Of Gay Marriage; Bloomberg Visits Albany

First Posted: 06/16/2011 3:15 pm EDT Updated: 08/16/2011 5:12 am EDT

Republican New York State Senator Roy McDonald is one of the few Republicans who's said he will vote to legalize gay marriage in New York.

Reacting to pressure from the Conservative Party, anti-gay marriage groups, and religious leaders, McDonald gave a statement to the press which included a remarkable quote.

From The New York Daily News:

"You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn't black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing," McDonald, 64, told reporters.

"You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, fuck it, I don't care what you think. I'm trying to do the right thing.

"I'm tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background. I'm trying to do the right thing, and that's where I'm going with this."

McDonald's support for the gay marriage bill leaves it only one vote shy of having enough support to be made into law. Today, senate Republicans met behind closed doors and say they're undecided if they'll let the bill come to the floor.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg--an outspoken gay marriage advocate and the single biggest donor to New York Republican senators--visited Albany today to try to persuade a handful of undecided Republican senators to vote 'yes' on the historic measure. Bloomberg has publicly threatened to stop funding any Republican who doesn't vote for gay marriage.

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Filed by Christopher Mathias  |