Paterson Sets Special Session in NY Senate for November 10;
Marriage Equality Bill on Agenda
New York Governor David Paterson has called the State Senate back to Albany for an extraordinary session on Tuesday, November 10, and the marriage equality bill is on the agenda.
"Marriage equality has been an issue Governor Paterson has long championed and we are thrilled he has called the State Senate back to Albany next Tuesday and put the marriage equality bill on the agenda. We now expect that we will get the respectful debate and vote that we’ve been waiting for since June. There is never a wrong time or inconvenient time to debate human rights legislation because it’s always the right time. As long as a group of New Yorkers are being denied equal rights, addressing issues like marriage equality must always be a priority. Support for providing equal rights to LGBT New Yorkers has always been bipartisan, and we expect that this bill will be no different. We look forward to hearing our lives and our families debated on the Senate floor next Tuesday. It’s now time that each of the 62 State Senators vote their conscience on this bill that has great implications for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers in all parts of the state."
Although Paterson has the power to set an agenda, he cannot make lawmakers act on it, and it remains unclear where the votes lie. The session begins at noon on Tuesday.
New Yorkers, the time to contact your senator is now. You can do so easily HERE.