It’s one of those days, one of those days that we are happy to say that we are from New York. Although we don’t write about politics or war we want you to know how important this news is to us.
The New York Senate agreed tonight to allow a full vote on legalizing gay marriage. It’s 2011. It’s about damn time. This really shows that if enough people contact their senators actual change can happen. Gay marriage is like a box of chocolates.
“Try and control the pull of one magnet to another magnet” – Tegan and Sara New York Senate Passes Marriage Equality
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos released a statement announcing the bill would go to the Senate for an up or down vote. “As I have said many times, this is a very difficult issue and it will be a vote of conscience for every member of the Senate.” The heavily Democratic Assembly has already approved one version of the measure and is expected to easily pass the new version, which contains more protections for religious groups that oppose gay marriage and feared discrimination lawsuits.
Even State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long, perhaps New York’s most powerful opponent to same-sex marriage, told the Weekly Standard that he was fairly certain the measure would pass. – Official statement from HuffingtonPost.com
After many hours of deliberation and discussion over the past several weeks among the members, it has been decided that same sex marriage legislation will be brought to the full Senate for an up or down vote.
The entire Senate Republican Conference was insistent that amendments be made to the Governor’s original bill in order to protect the rights of religious institutions and not-for-profits with religious affiliations. I appreciate the Governor’s cooperation in working with us to address these important issues and concerns.
As I have said many times, this is a very difficult issue and it will be a vote of conscience for every member of the Senate – Official statement from http://www.nysenate.gov/