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New York Marriage Equality NOT Likely Tonight

Jim Burroway

June 22nd, 2011

The Wall Street Journal reports that there doesn’t even seem to be any agreement on the bill coming to the floor:

At the same time, Republicans in the Senate headed for an internal showdown over gay marriage. Most members in the conference expect to bring the bill to the floor in the next two days, but resistance on the bill has provoked frustration among a conference that prides itself on its unity.

“I see it coming to the floor,” said a Republican senator. “People who don’t understand the process are thinking, ‘Don’t bring it up and it will go away for a year.'”

If they block the bill and head home to their districts, the senator said, the governor would likely order them back to Albany for a special session and demand that they take up the measure.

NBC New York quotes a spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos saying the vote will be “likely tomorrow,” but negotiations are still continuing:

More protection for religious organizations such as adoption agencies and marriage counselors is sought by undecided Republican senators who are key to the vote.

Currently, the Senate appears to be one vote shy of making New York the sixth state where gay marriage is legal. It’s viewed as a critical moment in the national gay rights movement.

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David C.
June 23rd, 2011 | LINK

The senate has adjourned for the night to resume tomorrow morning after the respective parties caucus in their respective meetings at ~10:00 AM in the morning.

Stefan
June 23rd, 2011 | LINK

Sounds like it’s a given it’ll be brought to the floor.

Also, sources close to the Senate are reporting that a 32nd vote has been obtained!!!

Bruno
June 23rd, 2011 | LINK

This doesn’t sound like a “given” to me. It sounds like the GOP are looking for any way possible to prevent this from coming to the floor. But they may not be able to do that without compromising themselves too much.

Amicus
June 23rd, 2011 | LINK

marriage counselors? Seriously? Smack me and tie me to the tracks!

Illustration of marriage counselor discussion in NY:

NY gay couple: we need your help
MC: I’ve never counseled any gay couples in my practice, I’m not a licensed doctor, I have no clinical or other training in factors unique to gay relationships. I don’t believe that I can help you. Let me refer you.
NY gay couple: you’ll hear from our lawyer.

In other words, it’s just not going to happen, unless one of the other is spoiling for a fight, and then I’d hope that the judge has the good sense to just throw it out.

Jim Taylor
June 23rd, 2011 | LINK

Amicus, read about eHarmony, then reply. In the end I don’t mind whatever “protections” are put in place as long as this is real marriage. Huge step.

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