Michael Long, chairman of the state Conservative Party, just issued his statement of the day opposing same-sex marriage. The party is against gay marriage, and he has warned senators that any Republican who votes in favor of it can forget about getting endorsed by the party again. So far, two of the 32 GOP senators have come out in favor of same-sex marriage — James Alesi, R-Perinton, Monroe County, and Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga.
The Senate session was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., but it has still not started. Senate leaders have said Republicans would conference privately on same-sex marriage to decide whether to bring legislation to the floor for a vote. There’s no guarantee there will be a vote. Senate Republicans have been working closely with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who proposed the bill, on “carve outs” for religious groups. If the Senate passes the bill with the amendment, the Assembly would have to vote again.
This is Long’s statement:
“With regard to Assembly Bill 8354, which seeks to redefine marriage, there are no Religious exemption “carve outs” that will make this bill acceptable to the New York State Conservative Party. The only definition of marriage that is acceptable to the Conservative Party is that marriage is between one man and one woman.”