Senate Ends Session With No Decision on Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Senate Republicans ended another marathon session late Thursday without taking up the issue of same-sex marriage, which has been languishing in legislative overtime in Albany for days.

Around 11 p.m., the Senate adjourned for the night, saying they still had not reached agreements with the Assembly on major issues including a property tax cap, renewal of New York City’s rent laws and mandate relief.

Republican leader Dean Skelos said earlier in the day that the Senate planned to have a "lengthy and thoughtful" conference on the bill.

"We're going to conference on the language of the amendments," Skelos said Thursday. "We're going to conference the whole issue. And I expect that's going to take a little time."

The bill will either be sent to the Senate floor for a vote — where it appears one vote shy of passage — or be killed.

The Senate remains evenly divided at 31 for same-sex marriage and 31 against. No new Senators have publicly come forward to say the back the bill.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who introduced the bill last Tuesday, said if it were brought to the Senate floor he believed it would pass. The Democrat-led Assembly has already supported the bill.

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Comments [9]

Chris from Bronx

According to the CDC, the top 15 causes of death for Americans in 2009 were heart disease at the top (598,607 people) and homicide at the bottom (16,591). AIDS is not even featured in the report.

Jun. 24 2011 09:36 AM

Pass marriage equality - give equal rights for marriage.

Jun. 24 2011 09:31 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Let's not pass same sex marriage. We have an epidemic, AIDS, and 60% of infections are caused by homosexual sex: same sex marriage just encourages this action. It would be like giving the people the right to raise rats during the Bubonic Plague.

Jun. 24 2011 08:12 AM

My father, who has Alzheimers, remarried when he and his new wife were in their late 70's. She's known him for only 6 years ( as opposed to his children's 50+ and his grandchildren's 30+), gets to control every medical decision about him, inherit his money, and is incapable of having children.

If marriage is about having biological children, and enhancing family values - why does society allow a situation like this to happen?

Jun. 24 2011 06:46 AM
JC from Brooklyn

If marriage is so precious that it must be defended and protected, then ban divorce. Otherwise just give gays the same rights that straight people get. `

Jun. 24 2011 12:27 AM
Barry Blitstein from Midtown

For marriage equality to be subject to referendum or popular vote is to deny the most important function of our Constitution, which is to protect the minority from majority tyrannies.

On the issue of the New York State Senate, I would remind people a Democratic majority Senate was unable to pass the bill last year. There are those in both Senate and Assembly who vote in favor of marriage equality only because they are reassured it will not pass.

Jun. 23 2011 10:25 PM

Yes, kill this bill and let the voters make this decision for themselves! Do not impose this on them and silence their voices on this issue. Let the voters have their voices heard.

Jun. 23 2011 08:14 PM

To RXN from Queens... in case you didn't notice, as of this past Father's Day, the Pew center reports that nearly half of fathers under 45 claim to have a child born out of wedlock. Are you going to blame that on gays and lesbians? How on earth would allowing committed couples civil marriage rights, allowing them to make binding commitments to each other in New York state have anything to do with these national patterns?

And if you want to keep marriage linked to procreation, than should we take away the marriage licenses of any couples who either don't have a child or plan to have one, or who have children by means other than "biological" ones, like through adoption, IVF, sperm donors or surrogate mothers? Because that is basically what you are saying there.

Jun. 23 2011 06:36 PM
RXN from Queens

Kill it, Dean Skelos. Spare our State, and our nation, the increased out of wedlock birth rate that gay marriage brought to Scandavia. Keep marriage linked to procreation, between the man and woman who can biologically create a baby.

Jun. 23 2011 03:05 PM

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