In a moment of candor rarely seen these days, New York State Senator Roy McDonald, let his opinions on gay marriage be known.
“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. 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.”
Just last week the New York State Assembly passed a bill to legalize gay marriage. The bill faces an important challenge, however, in the Republican-controlled Senate. To date, 31 senators have gone on record as supporting the measure, one short of the 32 needed to adopt the bill into law. Initially State Senator McDonald indicated that he’d oppose the gay marriage bill, but now he’s singing a new tune.
Despite the contentious nature of our current political climate, McDonald’s change of heart should give us all hope that sometimes people rise to the occasion and do the right thing.