NY Senate Promises Marriage Equality Debate and Vote in ’09


Some good news did come out of Albany yesterday:

"An agreement was reached to bring the marriage equality legislation for a vote before the end of the year and we will commit the full spectrum of our energies to making marriage equality a reality in the state of New York," said Austin Shafran, spokesman for the Senate Majority Conference.

Gay City News reports:

"Flanked by four members of the State Senate Democratic majority
and the leader of New York's LGBT lobby, Governor David A. Paterson
announced an agreement by which the Senate leadership has, for the
first time, agreed to debate and vote on a marriage equality bill
before the end of 2009. 'This is the first time that the Senate
leadership has indicated that it will support a vote on marriage
equality,' the governor said. 'This is a stunning and very happy
development in this process. I will continue to place marriage equality
on any special sessions that I call on Monday and Tuesday because I
feel that the bill should be debated immediately. However, I have
profound respect for the leadership of the Senate and the process that
they took to bring us to this vote.' Paterson was joined by the
Senate's deputy majority leader, Jeffrey Klein, who represents portions
of the Bronx and Weschester, Brooklyn Senator Eric Adams, Manhattan
Senator Eric Schneiderman, and Thomas K. Duane, the out gay Chelsea
senator who is the lead sponsor of the marriage equality bill. Alan Van
Capelle, the executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, was
also on hand."

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  1. Yeek says

    I just cannot believe that any scheme cooked up by Patterson and the New York Senate will not awkwardly trip over its own feet and fall flat on its face. When was the last time they achieved anything at all? These guys are profoundly incompetent, and have “we’re going to fuck up” written all over their faces.

  2. Mike in Brooklyn says

    Hey Yeek, get yourself a bowl of reality. Paterson has steadfastly pushed for marriage equality including ordering state agencies to fully recognize same-sex marriages performed out-of-state.

    So, if Paterson looses the next election, the GLBT will have so much more support, from who? Ass kissing politico prince Andrew Cuomo, who believes in his heart he deserves to be governor, so says whatever, promises whatever, does whatever, to get his way? Or Rudy Guiliani, the cross-dressing roommate of the gay couple who took him in when his wife kicked his cheating ass out; then makes the political rounds denouncing marriage equality (yeah, he is all for 1 man + 1 woman; do it three times to get it right)?

    Paterson did not create the economic mess in New York. That was Wall Street and their GOP lackees George Pataki and Joe Bruno; oh, and their record on marriage equality was to never let the senate vote.

  3. says

    I don’t know if I would call hitting the snooze button on this vote “stunning.” Stunning would have been a unanimous yes vote. Or, to be honest, a vote at all at this point.

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