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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

NY Senate Vote on Same Sex Marriage Delayed

The New York Times reports that a vote on gay marriage in the New York legislature has been delayed indefinitely.

Republicans and Democrats said that as of Tuesday afternoon, the measure was still several votes short of the 32 necessary for approval. About five Democrats remained either opposed or noncommittal, meaning that Republican votes were needed to secure passage.

But not enough Republicans have committed to voting yes, legislators said. The Democrats have a 32-30 majority in the Senate.

It was unclear when the Senate would take the issue up. Wednesday is Veterans Day, a holiday, meaning that it would be at least the end of the week before the Senate could vote on the bill.

“Our community has spent the past few years making the case to 62 state senators for why we should be treated equally by the laws of our state,” said Alan Van Capelle, executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda. “The time for making cases is over. We’ve heard dozens of excuses, and we’ve been told countless times that we’ll have to wait for equality.”

The bill’s sponsor in the Senate, Thomas K. Duane, could not say whether the bill would come to the floor.

“I am optimistic,” Senator Duane said, adding that he was continuing to discuss the matter with his colleagues. “I will keep you posted.”

Read the full story here.


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