Monday, June 20, 2011

The Rundown on New York's Gay Marriage Battle


So much is going down in New York, y'all!

This morning folks gathered in the lobby singing and shouting up a storm.


However, there was a stalemate inside the chamber. It seems that no one can get a vote to go either way.

Here's more from The Advocate
No additional exemptions language had been announced as of Monday morning, but insiders said it would likely be presented in a chapter amendment that would need to pass separately from the bill. The chapter amendment would also require approval from the Democratic-controlled Assembly, which passed the marriage equality bill for the fourth time last week. The bill failed in the Senate in 2009.

Public pressure for the Senate to pass the bill continued to mount over the weekend. Hundreds rallied in Union Square in Manhattan Sunday while clergy members and congregants statewide rallied after religious services.

Meanwhile, opponents of the marriage equality bill announced they would present Republican state senators with 63,000 petitions against the bill in the state capital Monday. Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage are expected in Albany in the afternoon with former New York Giants player David Tyree, who recorded a video against the marriage equality bill.

The legislative session, although officially scheduled to end Monday, could extend into the week because of unfinished business including the marriage equality bill and other significant items.
I did get word that gay marriage could be set and ready to go by Wednesday. It is a RUMOR, but the way things are going, anything is possible. I'll keep y'all posted.

1 comment:

NG said...

The longer the vote, the less chances marriage equality will become a reality. There are some who allege to be for marriage equality making amends to religious bigots by wanting to insert a conscientious objector clause into the legislation.

My fear that if everyone agrees to this, and the bill passes, there will be people going to argue the bill is unconstitutional because of the religious exemptions.

But don't tell anyone i wrote this, okay? Shhh.