A Tweet for the Ayes
Today, the New York State Senate is considering a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. Although a vote was widely expected today, the latest news reports say the vote may be delayed to later in the week.
Last week, the Assembly passed the bill by an 80–63 vote. The measure faces tough going in the Senate, where the Democrats have a bare 30–32 minority with a principled opponent in State Sen. Rubén Díaz (Bronx), who is an ordained Pentecostal minister. There is talk that a Stupak-like statement of principles allowing for freedom of religious expression might be enough to bring him over. One idea that has been floated is to allow religious organizations the ability to refuse to pay benefits to a same-sex spouse. Even if a deal is struck, and the Democrats present a united front, the bill would still need at least two Republican supporters.
As the Republican caucus meets, tension is mounting amongst supporters and opponents alike. If passed by the legislature, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature is almost assured.
I thought it was better than sending Weiner-like photos. I’d done it in the past. I reached out on Facebook and Twitter and asked for input on many issues. It’s a good way to get feedback. — New York State Sen. Greg Ball, via Politico
His office is reporting that the Twitter response to his “yes or no?” question is overwhelmingly “yes” while Facebook is closer to 50–50. A recent Siena College poll shows 55% of New Yorkers in favor of same-sex marriage, with 40% opposed.
If a vote is held, we’ll update it in the comments section.
What do Logarchism readers make of this situation?
- NY on cusp of legalizing gay marriage? (msnbc.msn.com)
- NY Sen. Ruben Diaz Doesn’t Speak For the Entire Bronx, Y’know? (queerty.com)
- NY Senator Greg Ball Proposes Religious Exemption To Gay Marriage Bill (newyork.cbslocal.com)