Opponents and advocates of same-sex marriage clogged the hallways surrounding the Senate Republicans’ conference room today, alternately shouting chants and singing hymns while the lawmakers met for 70 minutes behind closed doors.
About a dozen state troopers were called to keep paths clear and to maintain peace while the opposing interests shouted back and forth as the GOP senators entered the meeting around 11 a.m.
When the meeting wrapped up, several Senate Republicans said there was nothing new to report on any of the lingering issues that are still unresolved, including the legalization of same-sex marriage, enacting a property-tax cap and figuring out what to do with the state’s expiring rent regulations.
“No news,” said Sen. Stephen Saland, R-Poughkeepsie, as he entered the Senate chamber.
Saland is one of a handful of Republicans who are undecided on the same-sex marriage issue, and has kept silent as he’s negotiated with the governor’s office on including additional religious protections into the bill.
Meanwhile, the same-sex marriage rallies are still going strong at the Capitol, while on-the-fence Senate Republicans were spotted entering Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office about 45 minutes ago.
Here’s video of some of the rallies held earlier today: