Conservative Pty.: Religious carve-outs won’t make gay-marriage bill OK


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.”


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  1. the consultant on

    It is high time that the new york state republican party told mike long and his
    conservatives to take a walk

  2. It is high time that ALL political parties in the state told the supporters of same-sex “marriage” to take a walk.

  3. WaltTrombone on

    When Greg Ball was still undecided, he said the carveouts needed to be beefed up. Later, after they beefed them up, he went to a “No” vote. If you look at Ball’s numbers in the last election, one of the few things that gave him the victory over Kaplowitz were the votes on the Conservative line, otherwise, things would have been a LOT closer. Seems to me Greggie knows that his margin next time depends much more on Mike Long’s support than anyone in the Ball camp would care to admit.