Skip to comments.After Talks With G.O.P., Cuomo Expects Passage of Gay Marriage Bill
Posted on 06/17/2011 11:00:39 PM PDT by lbryce
ALBANY Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Friday that he expected same-sex marriage legislation to be approved before the end of the legislative session next week, and indicated that to win passage of the measure he is prepared to yield to Republican concerns for greater protections of religious groups.
I am a proponent of marriage equality, and Im working very hard to make that a reality in New York, Mr. Cuomo told reporters on Friday as lawmakers prepared to go home for the weekend. I am also a proponent of religious freedom, and separation of church and state, so these are both very important principles. I dont see one in competition with the other.
With signs pointing to a vote on the marriage issue in the State Senate next week, there are widespread expectations that it will pass. A number of Republicans are said to prefer that the matter not be allowed to come up for a vote, but 31 of the Senates 62 members have expressed support for the measure, including two Republicans.
Other Republican lawmakers appear to be seriously considering lending their support if Mr. Cuomo agrees to amend the proposal to give greater protection to religious organizations.
The State Assembly passed the same-sex marriage bill on Wednesday.
Talks between Mr. Cuomo and Republican senators are said to focus on a relatively narrow issue. The legislation proposed by the governor includes exemptions for religious organizations and affiliated charities or nonprofit groups to protect them from litigation if they refuse to host or provide services for same-sex weddings.
But Senate Republicans want further provisions to protect such organizations from any repercussions from state agencies, that might deny aid or benefits based on discrimination.
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Whatever happened to honor, duty, principle, truth, justice....
Each and every day it gets clearer and clearer how very screwed we are.
Republicans being Republicans and selling out.
Boy don’t they? They talk. We vote. They ignore. Been like that all my long life.
I think this is going to fail. The GOP are dragging it out and there is nothing to gain. It isn’t like even in NY that being anti gay marriage loses votes nor being pro gay marriage win elections. If I were the GOP Senators I’d think about this because I’d be asking myself why do I place myself at risk over something that is unlikely to help me politically even in NY. The die hard homosympathetic vote is locked up tighter than the minority vote. If I were the GOP I’d use this issue to beat up Cuomo and help court minority groups especially black groups who are very much up in arms on this issue. The NY GOP needs to grow a pair.
Should anything really horrible ever happen to New York, Illinois, or California... it will never be horrible enough! And please don’t give me that “fellow American BS”.
The only hope is to Galt 'em and leave 'em with only each other to stab in the back.
I’ve been following this pretty closely and boy you are MUCH more optimistic than I.
I’ve been following it closely. I’ve seen a huge outpouring of opposition from the minority community in NY.
In other words,
This country is phucked
Why are these Republicans asking Cuomo for protections for religious groups? Cuomo doesn’t have the authority to dictate what religious groups can or cannot do. Religious groups get their protection from the Constitution, not Andrew Cuomo.
Can the voters of NYS overturn legislation?
I am a proponent of marriage equality,
WTF is marriage equality???
Since the dawn of time marriage has been one man one women.
PERIOD. Anything else is something else but it ain’t marriage!
WHERE ARE THE REPUBLICANS ?
Consider this platform, that of the Conservative Party - USA in the State of New York:
Is that not a platform that is closer to what you believe than the CONTINUAL MORAL COMPROMISE that Republicans offer ?
I ask, why do we need the Republican party if it will not stand up for conservative values ?
I've always fantasized about being part of the audience that day to reply, are you an abomination or a non-abomination?
Cuomo is a heretic and blasphemer, plus, he is abrogating his responsibility to protect the people he governs.
Male and female genitalia are made for union. Male/male or female/female can only achieve union by means of deviant, unnatural, and risky behavior to both physical and mental health of the perverts in addition to the general population at large.
Cuomo and those of his ilk have seriously disordered minds to legislate that homosexual behavior is "normal and acceptable." Anything that puts the general population at risk is NOT normal and acceptable!
Screw the City, time to get out of New York
Politicians have no say over marrige. Marrige is a Holy Estate created by God. Let them pass any damned law they want, but people of Faith should simply shut out the state in the matter of marrige.
Any conservative New Yorkers need to be pounding away at your Senators non-stop.
Sign held by orthodox Jewish protester. He is so right.
If you can 'exempt,' you can 'un-exempt.'