NY state close to passing marriage equality

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    Jun 15, 2011 7:10 AM GMT
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    June 14, 2011, 4:42 PM
    Same-Sex Marriage Within One Vote of Passage in Albany
    By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and DANNY HAKIM

    ALBANY — New York is within a single vote of legalizing gay marriage after a second Republican state senator said on Tuesday that he would support the measure should it come to the floor this week.

    The senator, Roy J. McDonald, from the capital region, made his comments to reporters amid growing indications that Republican leaders would bring the bill to an up-or-down vote on Thursday or Friday.

    Three other Republican state senators, speaking on condition of anonymity because their conference had not yet formally debated the measure, said they believed the bill was almost certain to come up for a vote and that it would likely pass, making New York the sixth, and largest, state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.

    The vote tally in the State Senate now stands at 31 of 62 members, with one more vote needed to approve the law. The Assembly has passed the measure several times before and is likely to do so again this week if the Senate moves ahead.

    “I think I’m doing the right thing, it’s the appropriate thing, and if the public respects that, I’m grateful,” Mr. McDonald said as reporters pressed him in the Capitol for his decision. “If they don’t, then I move on.”

    Mr. McDonald’s announcement followed a declaration Monday by a Republican colleague, James S. Alesi of Monroe County, that he would also support the bill. Three Senate Democrats who had voted against the measure two years ago also said they would vote for it this year.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo introduced his bill to both houses of the Legislature, a step he said earlier this year he would not take unless he were confident of a victory. His measure would allow same-sex couples from anywhere in the nation to marry in New York beginning 30 days from passage.

    The governor’s language also includes provisions that exempt religious institutions from any obligation to solemnize or provide facilities for gay weddings, a sticking point for Republicans in both houses of the Legislature.

    Activity around the legislation has intensified, with advocates and opponents alike swarming the halls of the Capitol and Mr. Cuomo meeting again with supporters to chart strategy for the hours ahead.


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    Jun 15, 2011 2:18 PM GMT
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  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 15, 2011 11:19 PM GMT
    I am hoping that more than the required 32 votes pass this important piece of equality legislation. It would be awesome to see gay marriage pass with an overwhelming vote of the state senate. That would definitely throw cold water on the anti-gay marriage lunatics. I am hoping that New York shows the rest of the nation that there is nothing morally wrong with gay marriage.
  • Webster666

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    Jun 17, 2011 1:45 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidI am hoping that more than the required 32 votes pass this important piece of equality legislation. It would be awesome to see gay marriage pass with an overwhelming vote of the state senate. That would definitely throw cold water on the anti-gay marriage lunatics. I am hoping that New York shows the rest of the nation that there is nothing morally wrong with gay marriage.





    Absolutely correct.
    We need one of the big states, like New York, to pass it.
    But, I thought the same thing about California.
    We passed it, then the ignorant majority went to the polls and made it illegal, again.