GOP Senator: NY Marriage Equality Coming to a Vote Tonight


New York Senator James Alesi has told Albany NYT Bureau Chief Danny Hakim that marriage equality will be coming to a vote tonight in the Senate.

Majority Leader Dean Skelos has confirmed that it will come to the floor: "Gay marriage will come to the floor of the Senate for an up-or-down vote."

Said Skelos in a statement:

After many hours of deliberation and discussion over the past several weeks among the members, it has been decided that same sex marriage legislation will be brought to the full Senate for an up or down vote.  

The entire Senate Republican Conference was insistent that amendments be made to the Governor’s original bill in order to protect the rights of religious institutions and not-for-profits  with religious affiliations.  I appreciate the Governor’s cooperation in working with us to address these important issues and concerns.

As I have said many times, this is a very difficult issue and it will be a vote of conscience for every member of the Senate.

Statement image below (via @david howard king)

Timing is uncertain, as there are other measures to be voted on.

Towleroad will be posting a livestream of the Senate. Please join us to watch.

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  1. OMG, I'm lizzing!

    Thank god one of the banner ads here is for Depends.

    Posted by: freddy | Jun 24, 2011 5:38:26 PM

  2. are you hosting a viewing party?

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 24, 2011 5:38:28 PM

  3. Maggie is gonna need extra pie tonight.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 24, 2011 5:39:53 PM

  4. Nick Confessore has had several GOP Senators confirm a vote is happening. Only Alesi has said it would be tonight.

    I'm guessing it will depend on other bills.

    Posted by: searunner | Jun 24, 2011 5:41:14 PM

  5. YES!!!! C'mon baby! And Skelos himself just confirmed it.

    By the way, comments from the "undecided" senators:

    Grisanti: "Still undecided"

    Saland: "I'm getting there"

    Posted by: Jollysocks | Jun 24, 2011 5:42:33 PM

  6. All we really need now is confirmation #32. It sounds like the vote will be there, but I'd be so relieved the sooner someone comes forward.

    Posted by: Bruno | Jun 24, 2011 5:42:49 PM

  7. Mike,

    I needed the laugh! Thanks!

    And, BTW, I'm sure it's true.

    Posted by: Matt | Jun 24, 2011 5:44:09 PM

  8. Skelos has confirmed there will be an up and down vote on marriage equality.

    Posted by: searunner | Jun 24, 2011 5:44:29 PM

  9. Maybe once they pass it they can finally stop referring to the completely non-existent fiction of "gay marriage" and just call it what it is: marriage (with the state of gay people having it being called "marriage equality").

    Posted by: ohplease | Jun 24, 2011 5:44:50 PM

  10. @Jollysocks: I don't think you will see the 32 until we see the vote. I'm guessing Grisanti and Saland are "yes" votes.

    @Bruno: O'Donnell says they've had a 32 vote for a while now... And like you I'd like to know sooner rather later.

    Posted by: searunner | Jun 24, 2011 5:47:48 PM

  11. @ MIke and Matt, with whip cream and nuts I'm sure!!!

    Posted by: RONTEX | Jun 24, 2011 5:47:48 PM

  12. I am so nervous......

    Please let this work.

    Posted by: Andrew89 | Jun 24, 2011 5:48:31 PM

  13. @Searunner: I'm guessing Saland, Lanza, & Grisanti. I think they might be holding back committing the 32nd vote to make sure nothing goes wrong with the big ugly.

    Posted by: Bruno | Jun 24, 2011 5:51:49 PM

  14. This is so exciting and nerve-wracking! All the best to New Yorkers tonight!

    Posted by: Matthew | Jun 24, 2011 5:52:22 PM

  15. @Bruno: It's definitely more than 1 and I wonder if one of the other often listed GOP Senators will be a yes vote as well.

    Posted by: searunner | Jun 24, 2011 5:55:12 PM

  16. "Saland says he hasn't made up mind on #samesexmarriage but says "I'm moving" in that direction."

    Posted by: Bruno | Jun 24, 2011 5:56:58 PM

  17. @Andrew89, I am nervous as well.

    All week I have hoped this will pass, but we’ve been let down so much in the past few years, but I am cautiously optimistic.

    Posted by: Sean | Jun 24, 2011 5:57:45 PM

  18. Finally. This better pass. We need to start the marriage equality ball moving forward again. RI and MD were big unpleasant shocks.

    Posted by: Erich | Jun 24, 2011 5:57:54 PM

  19. No matter in what State we live, tonight we are all New Yorkers.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 24, 2011 6:06:07 PM

  20. This feeling is not unlike waiting for Christmas morning when I was 10.

    Posted by: Gianpiero | Jun 24, 2011 6:15:45 PM

  21. Lanza is a "no." Saland better come through.

    Posted by: Bruno | Jun 24, 2011 6:24:36 PM

  22. @Bruno: I heard Saland's wife will be at tonight's vote. Not sure what that means. I still think Saland and Gristanti are "yes" votes, and there is probably one more.

    Posted by: searunner | Jun 24, 2011 6:40:36 PM

  23. If we win, maybe I'll believe in God.

    Posted by: Robert | Jun 24, 2011 6:49:17 PM

  24. I'm thinking Saland wouldn't bring his wife to the vote if he were voting 'no' - that would be a slap in the face to our community. He would bring his wife, however, if he wanted to point out that the bill is not a threat to his marriage. Vote #32...

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 24, 2011 7:10:12 PM

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