Voice for Equality: Joe Bruno
June 11, 2009
Joe Bruno is a businessman and Republican politician. He was the Temporary President of the New York State Senate and its majority leader. Most recently he also served as Lieutenant Governor of New York (Acting). On June 23, 2008, Bruno announced that he would not seek reelection to the State Senate in 2008. On June 24, 2008, Bruno stepped down from the positions of Senate Majority Leader and "temporary president of the senate", but remained a State Senator. On July 18, 2008, Bruno resigned from the New York State Senate. He represented the 43rd New York State Senate District.
Bruno, in an interview in June of 2009 about the freedom to marry bill pending
in the New York legislature, said, "It's time. Now. For the government
to back off, let people make their own life decisions, and about who
they care about and who they don't care about...." According to Towelroad, “... in 2007 Bruno refused to bring a marriage equality bill for a vote in the Senate. ... This reversal shows that conversations about equality do make a difference."
Freedom to Marry salutes Joe Bruno as a Voice for Equality.