Same-sex marriage proponents demand that Senate take a vote

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New Yorkers United for Marriage just released a statement demanding that the Senate take a vote on same-sex marriage. The Senate adjourned about 11 p.m. because lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo haven’t reached an agreement on the mandate-relief portion of an omnibus bill that will also include a property-tax cap and renewal of rent-control laws. Senate Republicans, who control the chamber, had planned to conference on gay marriage after finishing its other business, but the bills won’t be ready for hours.

“The Senate has adjourned for the evening, but we remain steadfast in our demand that the Senate uphold its obligation to the people of the State of New York and allow a vote on marriage equality and other legislative business before concluding the session and leaving town,” the group said in a statement.

As for when Republican senators would hold their conference, Sen. Tom Libous, R-Binghamton, said, “That probably will take place sometime tomorrow.”

The Assembly passed the bill last week. Senate Republicans have been working with the governor’s office to draft an amendment that would protect religious institutions. There is no guarantee that there will even be a vote.

Sen. Thomas Duane, D-Manhattan, who is openly gay, said he would persevere to get same-sex marriage passed in the Senate. “I don’t like it. I’ll never get used to it. I’ll never put up with it,” he said.

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  1. As a divorce attorney, I can’t wait until they pass this bill. I’ve already put in my membership application at Winged Foot Golf Club and I’m looking at a pretty little Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano in Scarlet O’Hara Red!

  2. Ball Not For Mew York on

    Written by Greg Ball on June 24, 2011 — NYS Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson)

    Greg Ball Official Statement

    “Knowing that marriage equality was likely to pass, I thought it important to force the issue of religious protections. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the distinct opportunity of listening to literally thousands of residents, on both sides of this issue, by holding an undecided stance. I thought it was important to listen to all of my constituents and hold an undecided position until the actual bill language was written and everyone’s voice had been heard. Now that the final text is public, I am proud that I have secured some strong protections for religious institutions and basic protections for religious organizations. The bill still lacks many of the basic religious protections I thought were vital, and for this reason, and as I did in the Assembly, I will be voting ‘no.’”

    For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Ali Skinner: (845) 200-9716.

    Greg Ball you are sounding like the other guy you replaced. You had the opportunity to be a leader on this issue. But you were not.

    What happen Greg you use to give your cell number out so your constituents could call you. I gues your to big for that now.

  3. I am a Democrat who voted,but refused to volunteer or campaign,for Ball’s opponent,returning campaign material including a bumper sticker I’d had on my car for four years as soon as I learned Kaplowitz was guilty of supporting same-sex “marriage”.I am grateful Ball is on the “no” side but disturbed at his grandstanding and wimpish language.