Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Vote On NY Marriage Equality Expected Tonight

Last-minute tweaking on NY's bill for marriage equality is taking place as we speak and Governor Cuomo is cautiously optimistic that the Senate may vote for the legislation tonight.

"'We’re closing the few, outstanding, technical issues on rent regulations,' said Skelos, R-Long Island. He predicted action on everything 'hopefully today but certainly by tomorrow.'

"Skelos also hinted that his conference and Cuomo are close on amendments to the same-sex marriage bill that would further clarify protections for religious organizations. 'My colleagues and [the governor's] counsel’s office are looking very closely at religious protections and I think they will conclude that. Once we have final legislation we’ll discuss it in conference,' Skelos said.

"For the first time, Silver said he saw a draft of the amendments, and is agreeable on the concepts. He said a vote could be held tonight 'if the Senate says they’re doing it and they agree on it.'"

This is very exciting!  I've got my fingers crossed.

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