Skelos Tells Reporters No Vote Today on NY Marriage Equality Bill


Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos told reporters moments ago that the marriage equality bill will not be brought to a floor vote today. Skelos, emerging from a meeting with Governor Cuomo, also said that Cuomo was receptive to working on language providing religious exemptions.

The session will resume on Monday, according to a tweet from Gannett's Albany bureau.

Dskelos Clarification from Capital Tonight:

“This has been a very complicated year in terms of the issues that we’ve addressed and I’ve found the governor from the very beginning starting with the budget process has always had an open ear and is flexible in terms of the suggestions I give or the speaker gives,” Skelos said.

Skelos also said there would be no Sunday session. Lawmakers are due back in Albany Monday for the final regualrly-scheduled day of session. Cuomo has indicated he would call special sessions of the Legislature in order to extend rent control for New York City on a long-term basis.

Video of Skelos from earlier today, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. This is a positive sign.

    And no,the bill will not contain the exemptions Sen. Ball is asking, what he wants is in direct conflict of existing NY State Law. Gov. Cuomo has made it quite clear that Ball's amendments are not going into the legislation.

    Posted by: searunner | Jun 17, 2011 2:15:56 PM

  2. Here's what I would do in this situation. I would tell Skelos and everyone else pushing for more "protections", look, I will put whatever "protection" you want if you can provide me with ONE, just ONE case where a church, temple, synagogue or mosque was ever forced, coerced, pushed or even encouraged to marry ANY two people that they didn't want to, for ANY reason, (race, culture, religion, divorce, didn't like the way one or both people looked, didn't like one, the other or both people asking to be married); ANY reason. Just ONE example.

    If none of them can produce one, then the issue is clearly not an issue. It's a solution looking for a problem.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jun 17, 2011 2:27:11 PM

  3. Well, kiss marriage equality in New York State goodbye. As soon as those "religious exemptions" are written into the bill, it will negate any effectiveness the equality bill may have. A good fight but the judeo-christian bigotry that we confront every time is simply too great to overcome in America. They will win against us with religion every time. Sad. Sad. Sad.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 17, 2011 2:45:34 PM

  4. I don't have a problem with religious institutions doing whatever the F they want - but NOT WITH PUBLIC $$$. That is the key point, they want their bigotry subsidized. So, I would put in the bill, yes, you can do what you want - as long as you don't get public $$$.
    P.S. This isn't coming to a vote!

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 17, 2011 3:51:39 PM

  5. Boycott NYC Pride if you really care. Show the economic impact of the GLBT community.

    Posted by: Chad | Jun 17, 2011 4:16:43 PM

  6. Boycott NYC Pride? WTF benefit is that going to have for marriage equality in NYS? Financially ruin the sponsors and business participating in NYC Pride?

    That'll show .... us, all right.

    Posted by: ant | Jun 17, 2011 4:27:02 PM

  7. They're trying to beat the clock. They won't bring it to a vote and they will hide behind this religious argument. Making religious institutions out to be be the victim needing protection.
    None of these senators are having a conflict with they're highly regarded religious beliefs, its just a convenient excuse to buy time so they don't have to go on record or betray the GOP dogma.
    The religious argument is BS anyway...
    There are churches and faiths that endorse and are willing to participate marriage equality- so why should the faiths that don't have a stronger voice to be considered?

    Posted by: kp | Jun 17, 2011 4:51:48 PM

  8. @Tampazeke: They'd point to the case in NJ where a lesbian couple successfully sued some religious group for not allowing them to use their facilities to have their civil union. The facilities were rented out to the public by the organization regularly.

    Posted by: Bruno | Jun 17, 2011 4:59:49 PM

  9. @Bruno That same facility in NJ also received tax $$$$ to help maintain it.

    And, @Tampazeke, by the way, the bill already contains religious exemptions to guarantee that no religious organization will have to participate in any marriage.

    These guys want even MORE exemptions but they refuse to tell anyone the details of what they are asking for.

    Posted by: Tim NC | Jun 17, 2011 5:50:14 PM

  10. FUCKreligion! Let churches that wish to opt out, also opt out of tax exemption.

    Posted by: SteveDenver | Jun 20, 2011 9:52:04 AM

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