Key GOP Senators in Same-Sex Marriage Debate Meet Privately
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Republican Senators who are central to whether same-sex marriage will become legal in New York met privately Wednesday.
The measure — which appears to be one vote away from passage if it gets to the floor — is not on the immediate agenda but could be discussed after talks on tax cap, New York City rent control and pubic college tuition increases.
No deal had been struck as of Wednesday afternoon.
The sticking point for Republicans is the granting of legal protection for religious groups fearing they will be slapped with discrimination suits if they refuse to have same-sex couples use their facilities for weddings.
The bill could be sent to the floor for a public vote or be killed by late Wednesday or Thursday.
Cuomo and legislators wrapped up a deal Tuesday on other issues.
With the Associated Press