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NY Senate GOP Leader Skelos Says No Decision on Marriage Equality Vote, Conference to Continue Tomorrow

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New York Senate Majority Leader emerged from a four-hour conference on the marriage equality bill today and announced that no decision has been made, and  Republicans will conference the measure again tomorrow.

City Room:

Republican senators met for four hours Wednesday to discuss the marriage issue, and, as they emerged, they said they had not reached a consensus about bringing the bill to a vote. The State Assembly now plans to vote on the bill Wednesday afternoon, after Mr. Cuomo agreed to send the “message of necessity” required for an immediate vote because the bill language was only just formally introduced on Tuesday.

Watch Skelos speak to reporters, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. NY Republicans are between a rock and a hard place on this one. They don't want to vote but they know that 60% of New York State is in favor of marriage equality. Internal polling in conservative districts has shocked them (I read that was why Republican votes started to switch to "yes'). They know that if they don't bring it to a vote they won't have a majority after the next elections and they will be easily characterized as obstructionist and unsympathetic. If they don't actually bring it to a vote I think it will be temporarily bad news for the GLBT community, but suicide in the long run for Republican politicians in New York State.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Jun 15, 2011 2:16:56 PM

  2. What does this mean? Is this good or is it a bad thing? Certainly signals disagreement within the ranks.

    Posted by: John | Jun 15, 2011 2:17:17 PM

  3. Obviously there's disagreement in the ranks over whether or not to allow this to a vote. I don't think that's a good sign. If Skelos truly meant what he said about "voting their consciences," they wouldn't have to have such an elongated conference. My feeling is they're going to go with what they know...being scared and backing down. They'll leave Alesi & McDonald out to dry and table the vote.

    Posted by: Bruno | Jun 15, 2011 2:25:09 PM

  4. Jonathan basically said what is going on here. These Republicans don't actually want to vote for marriage equality, since in their eyes that damages their Republican/conservative credentials. At the same time, they don't want to be seen as bigots and they know the majority of New Yorkers support marriage equality. Given past history on marriage votes from conservatives, I'm assuming they'll cave.

    Posted by: Francis | Jun 15, 2011 2:33:40 PM

  5. NY Republicans find themselves in the perfect cluster f*ck of a catch 22. They know that they will look incredibly bad if they don't allow a vote but many of their members are deathly afraid that allowing the vote will make them personally look bad to the greater state (and historically) if they don't support it and bad with their right-wing base if they do.

    They are desperately looking for an out and in four hours weren't able to figure one out. Trust me, they will go back into session tomorrow with their primary purpose to figure out a way to not vote on this without looking like they're denying a vote on it.

    Squirm douchebags!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jun 15, 2011 2:38:11 PM

  6. Just sent an e-mail to my cousins in Skelos' district urging them to call him and ask for a vote. Every little bit helps, I hope!

    With 31 votes for marriage equality, every remaining "No" vote is someone who could have made the difference. Whether it comes up for a vote or not, if it doesn't pass, it's a hell of an issue to run on for next time. I'm optimistic it will happen this session, but even if it doesn't, I'm optimistic we can run on this issue and make it happen next time!

    Posted by: Mad | Jun 15, 2011 3:07:16 PM

  7. URGENT: (Please pass on): Flood the office of NY Rep. Leader Skelos with email demanding a vote on marriage be allowed:

    Posted by: troubletown | Jun 15, 2011 3:36:07 PM

  8. dean skelos has to grow a pair and allow the senate to vote . the last time he said people could vote their conscience. if he doesn't allow the vote he should de targeted for defeat in the next election . i live in the next district and called my senator who is supposed to undecided.

    Posted by: walter | Jun 15, 2011 3:39:58 PM

  9. Gee, so it's up to republicans now, who are routinely savaged on this blog. Why, when the dems controlled everything, was equality not voted in in NY? Why, when dems controlled everything for 2 years nationally did nothing get done? It is time to make friends with republicans and I don't mean representatives. You hav egot to go out and make yourselves known to th e40% of democrats and republicans that do not want marriage equality. And though iot is a stretch, you need to be decent and respectful. Same around the country.

    Posted by: ted | Jun 15, 2011 3:53:54 PM

  10. TED: Equality was voted on in New York in 2009. It failed, mostly because of Republicans. Not to be nasty, but if you're going to post something like that at least have the facts in your grasp. Jesus.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Jun 15, 2011 4:00:20 PM

  11. Where is the decency and respect in obstructing our civil rights Ted? As Jonathan points out you have the political facts wrong - it was Republicans last time just like it's Republicans this time.

    And I completely disagree that we need to make ourselves known to the folks who are against marriage equality. They already think they know us, they don't want to know us any better, and they don't much like us either way.

    Posted by: ant | Jun 15, 2011 4:22:49 PM

  12. "Have you ever met a vampire?"

    "No Ted, and I don't care to." LOL

    Posted by: Jonathan | Jun 15, 2011 4:36:50 PM

  13. "Gee, so it's up to republicans now, who are routinely savaged on this blog."

    No, Ted, it's up to fair-minded people who believe in equality to get this passed in NY, whether those people are Democrats or Republicans. That means working with Republicans who have a social conscience and thanking the Republicans who will be on the right side of history, but let's be clear: if marriage equality passes in NY, or anywhere else, it has been/will be the result of Democrats. It's great that a handful of Republicans MIGHT break free of their anti-gay party platform, against the national leadership, but no one can blame gay people for Republican bigotry.

    We need to lobby everyone who will potentially vote our way, but each politician who votes No will own that vote, and the tally on the Republican side will not be convincing many gay people to vote Republican. Politicians are meant to serve all of their constituents, not just the straight, bigoted ones.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 15, 2011 5:39:32 PM

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