Friday, June 17, 2011
ALBANY - Lady Gaga has activated her "little monsters" in the gay marriage battle in New York - a move supporters of same-sex nuptials fear will only anger reticent lawmakers.
The musical superstar tweeted the fans Thursday, urging them to call state senators to demand they act on the gay marriage bill currently before the Senate.
The measure passed the Assembly Wednesday night for the fourth time since 2007.
Currently, 31 senators, including two Republicans, have come out in favor of the proposal - just one vote shy of the 32 needed for passage.
Three GOPers are said to be undecided.
"I am so proud to be a New Yorker!," Gaga wrote in one tweet. "One step closer to equality and toward the legalization of Gay Marriage in America. Full Equality. Unity."
She then tweeted ways her "little monsters can get involved to mobilize social justice. NY State needs us, and the time for change is now."
In two tweets, she urged fans to go through the Human Rights Campaign to contact fence-sitting senators, including Buffalo GOPer Mark Grisanti.
HRC's Brian Ellner insisted the megastar did not coordinate her efforts with advocates - and now some worry she's doing more harm than good.
"Of course we share the same goal, but frankly we don't want senators to be bombarded this way," one source chirped.
"All our field work has been about respectful calls from constituents in the district. We'd never go this kind of mass."
Meanwhile, Mayor Bloomberg rushed to the Capitol Thursday in a last-ditch effort to convince Senate Republicans, who have been agonizing over how to deal with the issue, to allow a vote on the gay marriage bill.
Bloomberg later told reporters he believes the proposal would pass by more than just the "bare majority" if it's voted upon.
Gov. Cuomo's gay marriage bill has been bogged down by GOP political and religious infighting.
Some Republican senators oppose bringing the measure to the floor. Others, despite opposing gay marriage, want a vote to get the issue off the table before next year's elections.
Many believe allowing a vote will result in Conservative Party backlash that could make it tougher for the GOP to keep its thin majority.
And there are Republicans who don't even want to consider the issue until they pass some of their legislative priorities, such as a property tax cap.