The measure, which doesn’t have a sponsor in the Assembly, is co-sponsored in the Senate by Sens. Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton, and Ruben Diaz, D-Bronx, the most staunch opponent of same-sex marriage among Senate Democrats.
In recent years, New York has administratively and through the courts granted same-sex couples married in other states many of the same rights afforded to heterosexual couples. But New York has yet to make same-sex marriage legal, a key fight this year in the Legislature.
Golden’s bill would be a step back for gay rights, Democrats said.
“It’s unfortunate the Senate Republicans continue to show hostility to protecting equal rights for all New Yorkers. Whether it’s on rent regulations or marriage equality, Marty Golden has proven he is out of touch with his district by once again putting the political priorities of his Republicans colleagues over the city he’s supposed to represent,” said Senate Democratic spokesman Austin Shafran.
Sen. David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, Rockland County, also chimed in to knock Republicans. The freshman senator is a member of the Senate Independent Democratic Conference.
“I have great respect for Senators Golden, Libous and Diaz, but I am disappointed they have decided to introduce legislation that would void same sex out of state marriages in New York,” Carlucci said in a statement. “This legislation is out of step with public opinion and an affront to all New Yorkers who care about equal rights. It is regrettable that same sex couples in New York have to travel out of state to get married, but to now attempt to take away rights from thousands of New Yorkers is unconscionable. I hope the rest of the Senate will stand united against this offensive bill.”
The bill came just a few days after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg lobbied Senate Republicans in Albany to support same-sex marriage, and he’s a main campaign contributor to Senate Republicans.