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Patience Running Out in Albany Over Delay on Marriage Equality, Other Votes: VIDEO

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NY senate Democrats are pissed. Sens. Liz Krueger, Adriano Espaillat and Michael Gianaris held a press conference a short time ago on the hours wasted this week by Senate GOP with little action on many measures as well as marriage equality.

Said Espaillat: "To continue to play with people's lives is not acceptable."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

City Room also notes that patience is wearing thin:

“It’s outrageous,” said State Senator Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat. “We were sent home last night without really any explanation.”

But Thomas Libous, the Senate Republican deputy majority leader, said that negotiations were on track and that he expected votes on most issues early Friday afternoon. Asked whether gay marriage could be voted on Friday, Mr. Libous said yes. “Nobody wants to stay here tomorrow,” he said.

Gay rights advocates, who had been careful not to criticize the Senate Republican majority publicly, shifted their strategy on Friday, pointedly expressing their impatience.

“It’s time for a vote,” said Brian Ellner, the head of the marriage effort for the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group. “This is a democracy, and a supermajority of New Yorkers support equality. The time is now. Period.”

Meanwhile, the din of activists on both sides has died down as the Senate lobby is in lockdown, Rick Karlin reports:

I’m told that only senators, staffers and others with Capitol credentials, including the media, are allowed in this morning, and it’s strangely quiet after the non-stop din of chants, songs and shouts that the protestors have been raising for the past week. Observers, I’m told, are allowed upstairs on the gallery level, I haven’t been there yet but will check shortly.

Watch the Senate Dems getting angry, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. @Jollysocks: A recent TUCapCon tweet:

    'Wait a minute - Greg Ball said it WAS finalized. RT @klnynews: Silver:#ssm religious protection language amendment "hasn't been finalized."'

    Followed by:

    'Let's not be cynical: Might just be that there's "Ball-ready" as well as "bill-ready" language.'

    Posted by: searunner | Jun 24, 2011 2:05:24 PM


  2. "@NY2.0: it went pretty well, I beleive the main reason the DADT repeal passed in the lame duck last year is because the Dems saw we were serious about sitting out the election in the mid terms."

    Ridiculous. Not a single Democratic vote on DADT repeal was picked up between the election in November and passage in December. What changed from unsuccessful efforts earlier in 2009 was that Scott Brown, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski stopped joining in Republican efforts to kill repeal by filibustering and, in Brown's case in particular, he did so no doubt not because of any commitment to equality for gay and lesbian people (see his record in Massachusetts) but because he knew he needed to in order to not be crucified over this in his 2012 re-election effort in Massachusetts.

    You're entitled to have your own view of what constitutes sound strategy. You're not entitled to make up facts.

    Posted by: Patric | Jun 24, 2011 2:16:02 PM


  3. Quick Update -- "Sens. Concerned about safety on walk from #ssm rules vote to floor if and when it happens. Bill expected to move out of rules so the anti-#ssm side would be unhappy."

    Posted by: Jollysocks | Jun 24, 2011 3:02:48 PM


  4. @Jollysocks: Here's another update:

    'Assmly Min Ldr Kolb briefed on draft of #ssm religious exemption language this am, says deals w.organizations, not institutions. Not in print.'

    Posted by: searunner | Jun 24, 2011 3:30:36 PM


  5. And a fuller article about the tweet involving Kolb:

    http://www.capitaltonight.com/2011/06/kolb-briefed-on-chapter-amendment/

    Posted by: searunner | Jun 24, 2011 3:34:36 PM


  6. The GOP is conferencing the marriage vote right this second and are said to be "deep in it". And it's breaking right now that they have come to an agreement on the new language with Cuomo. But that's just what's being reported, that could change and the GOP could still refuse to bring it to a vote:

    "Senate spox says GOP conference deep in #samesexmarriage debate"

    AND

    "#nysenate spokeswoman sez GOP members discussing all issues (#samesexmarriage inclu.) rt now. Plan to close down tonite"

    AND

    "BREAKING: Albany leaders reach agreement on religious exemptions in #gaymarriage measure. But will Senate vote? http://nyti.ms/kwbZTZ"

    Posted by: Jollysocks | Jun 24, 2011 4:23:28 PM


  7. The amendment language is out and being printed now

    Posted by: Jollysocks | Jun 24, 2011 5:00:15 PM


  8. Gratz. New York...now if Georgia would follow suit.

    Posted by: Talisman | Jun 25, 2011 12:49:12 AM


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