Voice for Equality: Tom Suozzi

Tom Suozzi is the county executive of Nassau County, New York. He was first elected to the post of county executive in 2001, and is currently serving his second term. In 2006, he ran unsuccessfully against Eliot Spitzer for the Democratic nomination for Governor of New York. In this primary, Suozzi was in favor of same-sex civil unions and not for marriage equality.

In June, 2009, Suozzi reported a change of heart in a New York Times opinion piece:

“I have listened to many well-reasoned and well-intentioned arguments both for and against same-sex marriage. And as I talked to gays and lesbians and heard their stories of pain, discrimination and love, my platitudes about civil unions began to ring hollow. I have struggled to find the solution that best serves the common good. I now support same-sex marriage. This is a subject of great debate before the New York State Legislature (although the legislators there are a little distracted right now), and I hope that same-sex civil marriage will be approved within the month."

Nominated for Voices for Equality by: Megan

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