Monday, June 20, 2011

Deadline for Marriage Equality in New York

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Monday is the last scheduled day of the legislative session in New York, where the marriage equality bill, which remains one vote short of passage, awaits a vote in the senate.
The New York state legislative session is scheduled to end on Monday, giving the senate one more day to hold a vote on the marriage equality bill that remains one vote short of passage. Following a series of major breakthroughs last week, 31 senators, including two Republicans from the majority party, support the bill that would make New York the sixth and most populous state, not including the District of Columbia, to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil marriages.
Republican senators, who will decide whether to vote on the Marriage Equality Act and must provide the decisive vote, expressed concerns late last week about the strength of the religious exemptions in the measure. Although neither senate majority leader Dean Skelos nor Gov. Andrew Cuomo have publicly discussed the specifics, the additional exemptions being negotiated are said to be narrow, and the governor has indicated that he believes the matter can be reconciled in accordance with the law to meet his priority of passing the bill this session.

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