Thursday, May 14, 2009

Opponants to NY Same-Sex Marriage More Civil Than Expected

(Newsday) ALBANY, N.Y. - Opponents of a New York bill to legalize same-sex marriage say that while they're having trouble getting their nuanced position heard, their concerns are reflected in splits among legislators and New Yorkers.

They also say the all-or-nothing effort to pass a marriage equality law is blocking a compromise to guarantee full rights for gay couples through civil unions.

The Assembly passed the bill Tuesday night 89 to 52, which includes the backing of five Republicans. If passed by the Senate, New York would become the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage.

But in this best chance yet for proponents to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, there are few rallies and little vitriol from either side. Read the full story at

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