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GOP to Be Allowed 'Conscience Vote' on NY Marriage Equality Bill

The "center of gravity has shifted" on same-sex marriage in New York's senate, according to the Log Cabin Republicans, who say members of the GOP won't be pressured to vote against the recently-announced marriage equality legislation, The Advocate reports:

Ny "The Log Cabin Republicans announced Tuesday that the GOP's New York leadership in both the state senate and assembly are going to allow Republican legislators to make 'conscience votes' on Gov. David Paterson's marriage-equality bill rather than pressuring party members to vote against it, giving the legislation a much stronger likelihood of picking up Republican votes in both chambers. The development may be particularly important in the senate, where Democrats hold a slim 32-30 majority, four Democrats have already said they will vote against the marriage bill, and equality advocates will need to pick up several GOP votes in order to pass the legislation. Strategists expect the legislation to sail through the assembly, which already passed an identical bill in 2007 by a vote of 85 to 61."

Bloombergmike In related news, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg responded to recent polls that show 53% of New Yorkers in support of marriage equality as well as recent remarks by former mayor and possible gubernatorial candidate Rudy Giuliani that same-sex marriage would be an issue if he decided to run.

Bloomberg spoke briefly last week at Governor David Paterson's announcement that he was reintroducing marriage equality legislation.

Watch Bloomberg's brief remarks to Think Progress, AFTER THE JUMP...

New York Marriage Bill Gets GOP Boost [the advocate]

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  1. Props to the L.C.R. Here's hoping all their efforts pay off! We need Republican votes for marriage equality to pass. I pray a majority will remember that the Republicans were originally the party of Lincoln and support equality.

    Posted by: Wayne | Apr 21, 2009 8:21:57 PM


  2. This is really good news. I am glad to see the LCR are pulling their weight!

    NY residents you should be ringing your st. sen. phone off the hook!

    Posted by: Travis | Apr 21, 2009 9:53:10 PM


  3. who are the four dems that plan to vote against the same-sex bill?

    what's the plan to squeeze these Dems?

    Posted by: Paul | Apr 21, 2009 9:56:33 PM


  4. Cue the shrill anti-Log Cabin posters. Oh, wait, you need them now.

    Posted by: Puddy Katz | Apr 21, 2009 10:03:01 PM


  5. By the way guys, SONDA (Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act) in NY State was authored by a Republican state senator and garnered the needed GOP votes in the Senate on a similar "vote of conscience" and due to Log Cabin lobbying.

    Posted by: Puddy Katz | Apr 21, 2009 10:05:21 PM


  6. Maybe we can send in Meghan McCain and the LCR to change the minds of Pelosi and Obama.

    Posted by: AS13 | Apr 21, 2009 10:20:11 PM


  7. finally we're calling it "marriage equality" instead of "gay marriage."

    Posted by: shanesh | Apr 21, 2009 10:25:19 PM


  8. Huh? Bloomberg's statement makes very little sense. Government should stay out of it? Yeah, well, "government" is the one giving out the licenses, and then administering the benefits based on those licenses, so how is that supposed to work?

    I guess everything needs to be turned into some kind of "government is the problem" slogan when you're a Republican. Regardless of how little sense there is in looking at it that way.

    Posted by: Sportin' Life | Apr 21, 2009 10:28:16 PM


  9. Nancy Pelosi supports marriage equality.

    Posted by: Gabriel | Apr 21, 2009 11:39:27 PM


  10. Nancy Pelosi is an idiot. I think that is all that needs to be said! Her days are numbered...

    Posted by: RB | Apr 21, 2009 11:44:22 PM


  11. Isn't "voting your conscience," essentially the same thing as "representing your constituents"?

    But, hell, we know how often any GOP member actually does that, don't we?

    Posted by: Eric Payne | Apr 22, 2009 12:51:31 AM


  12. I really feel like Paterson's forcing the issue could turn out to be a great thing. People have been skeptical, but forcing issues like this can have positive consequences. Here's to hoping.

    Posted by: Bruno | Apr 22, 2009 1:18:22 AM


  13. Sportin life - are you not listening? Bloomberg makes perfect sense. He's saying government shouldn't - through the issuance of licenses - determine which marriages are fit and which are not. Government should not discriminate, which it currently does. What's hard to understand about that? And Bloomberg is not a Republican. He's an independent.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 22, 2009 7:58:54 AM


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