Agreement Reportedly Reached on Religious Exemptions in NY Marriage Equality Bill But Vote Still Uncertain
The latest from Nick Confessore at City Room:
The Cuomo administration and legislative leaders have reached agreement on language that would protect religious institutions from obligations to recognize same-sex marriage, two people involved in the negotiations said on Friday afternoon, potentially paving the way for a vote on the marriage legislation.
Senate Republicans were still discussing the marriage bill among themselves in a close door meeting on Thursday afternoon. And it remained unclear whether — and even if — they would permit a vote on the broader legislation. Assembly lawmakers, which approved an earlier version of the same-sex marriage bill last week, would need to approve the new language in a new vote before the full bill could become law.
The NYDN has a similar report.
Insiders expect the Legislature will finally finish its work -- including taking up a gay marriage bill -- today.
Of course, we've been hearing that for several days...
UPDATE: Amendment language introduced in NY Assembly. Read it here.
Things seem to be changing by the minute in Albany. We'll keep you updated if and when they decide to debate and/or vote.