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Onorato Explains His Anti-Gay Marriage Stance

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July 13, 2009 By Christian Murray

George Onorato, the New York state senator who represents this district, has come under heavy fire this year for his vocal stance against gay marriage.

This criticism was particularly strong when he voted against the senate bill earlier this month that called for “marriage equality.” That bill didn’t pass, dashing the hopes of its supporters.

Onorato was panned for voting against the bill by many city politicians, including Sunnyside/Woodside’s councilman elect Jimmy Van Bramer (click here for that story).

Onorato, this week, told the Queens Courier  what led to his “nay” vote:

Onorato, told the paper, that “while he continues to support civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, he believes marriage is between one man and one woman.

“’I have been clear on my position throughout this entire debate, and I was among those who urged the Senate leadership to bring the legislation to the floor for a public vote,’” Onorato said. ‘I am glad that this has now occurred.’”

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