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NY Governor Cuomo Sends 'Marriage Equality Act' to the Senate

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has submitted a marriage equality bill to the New York Senate.

Cuomo The bill contains a religious exemption clause, which could be very helpful in swaying the vote of GOP Senator Greg Ball, who has said his vote hinges on that language. The clause:

“The bill also guarantees that religious institutions and benevolent organizations such as the Knights of Columbus remain free to choose who may use their facilities for marriage ceremonies and celebrations or to whom they provide religious services, consistent with their religious principles.”

The bill also states that once passed, marriage equality would become valid in 30 days.

Cuomo has said in the past that he would not submit the marriage equality bill unless it had the votes to pass.

Said Cuomo in a statement today:

"From the fight for women's suffrage to the struggle for civil rights, New Yorkers have been on the right side of history. But on the issue of marriage equality, our state has fallen behind. For too long, same-sex couples have been denied the freedom to marry, as well as hundreds of rights that other New Yorkers take for granted. Marriage Equality is a matter of fairness and legal security for thousands of families in this state – not of religion or culture. When it comes to fighting for what's right, New Yorkers wrote the book, and Marriage Equality is the next chapter of our civil rights story."

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Here it is, via Capital Tonight:

Marriage Equality Bill

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  1. Let's keep in mind that the religious exemption just says what's been true for ... ever. Roman Catholic churches decline to marry divorced people who have not had an annulment, and I think the same is true of Jews who have not gotten gets. This bill is all about civil marriage; if we don't want the fundamentalists to block marriage equality on the grounds that this is a civil right, then who cares if the religious organizations are on board? My daughter and her beloved partner can be a family under the law. That's what matters.

    Posted by: Vicki | Jun 14, 2011 6:45:57 PM


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