Undecided senators want time to review Cuomo’s gay-marriage bill

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Sen. Greg Ball, R-Carmel, Putnam County, said after reading the same-sex marriage legislation released this afternoon by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, he is still undecided on how he would vote.

While there are some additional protections in Cuomo’s bill for religious institutions and organizations affiliated with religious institutions, “I would have personally liked to have seen stronger, more thorough protections for individuals and businesses with religious objections,” Ball said.

The senator said he is concerned individuals and businesses with religious objections to same-sex marriage could be opened up to lawsuits, and he plans to check in with the Catholic Church and other religious organizations about the bill.

“I’m going to go back to those communities that I’ve been working with and see how comfortable they are with the current language,” he said.

Sen. Stephen Saland, R-Poughkeepsie, is another senator who has not decided how he would vote on a gay-marriage bill. Saland said this afternoon that he is reviewing the bill and has some questions that need to be answered.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Conference has released a statement opposing the governor’s bill. This is what Richard E. Barnes, executive director of the group, said:

“While the language of the Governor’s bill obviously offers some religious exemption language not appearing in previous drafts of this legislation, our initial analysis is that it is not as comprehensive and adequate as has been passed and is being considered in other states.

“Also as a fundamental principle, we continue to oppose passage of this bill because it would redefine the institution of marriage.”

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  1. KUDO’s to the Republican Senators! Please continue to consider the kids in same sex relationships whose parents can now enjoy the same status, stability and benefits other families enjoy.

  2. I am sorry for any child in the custody of a same-sex couple.The only duty the state owes those in same-sex sexual relationships with respect to those relationships is to help them get OUT of those relationships.

    As a non-religious person I do not have the religious-ceremony option open to me in good conscience,and if same-sex “marriage” passes I will never marry in this state.This needs to be defeated as a matter of the general welfare.(I am a Democrat,and largely “liberal” politically,but on this issue the left is not right!)