Breaking News: New York State’s Marriage Equality Act – Almost There? PASSED!

Tonight, the New York State Senate passed the religious exemptions amendment to Governor Cuomo’s Marriage Equality Act, 36-26. This is an exciting and important step forward, bringing the MEA much closer to becoming a reality.

State Senator Steve Saland (R-Poughkeepsie) made the all-important move from undecided to ‘Yes’.

Watch the live feed from the New York State Senate here, as Senator Saland is going to speak shortly.

Also, Rachel Maddow is covering this live.

10:30pm UPDATE!!! By a vote of 33-29, the New York State Senate becomes the first Republican-controlled legislative body to pass a Marriage Equality Bill.

“Calloo, Callay, O Frabjous Day!

11 thoughts on “Breaking News: New York State’s Marriage Equality Act – Almost There? PASSED!

  1. This is very happy news to millions of people!

    And, it’s very happy news for the economy of New York as tens of thousands of couples descend to celebrate their marriages in New York!

    Finally, it’s inspiring to see a Republican-controlled State House represent ALL of their constituents, and to see both sides of the aisle work together to do the “correct” thing, not necessarily the “Right’s” thing!

  2. Hi, Mom – great news, isn’t it? πŸ˜€

    After following all of the local info about this, I really didn’t think this would pass. I’m so glad that we’ve got Mario Cuomo’s baby boy as the governor! And, as always, I’m proud to be a New Yorker!

    • Hi Jane, good to see you! Hope you and Wayne are well! We’re fine here… Spencer is great, just finished 5th grade and he’s taller that I am now (no major feat, but still!)

      Very happy and proud of NY for taking this step, and, as mentioned, I’m inspired to see Republicans doing the right thing. It shouldn’t be amazing or even noteworthy but sadly it’s exceptional!

  3. 29 out of 30 Democratic Senators were joined by 4 Republicans to vote for it. Our own Senator, Greg Ball, voted against it because he felt the religious protections “didn’t go far enough.” Even though they did pass religious exemption amendments (which I support), he still voted against it. Typical Republican behavior as far as I’m concerned. I intend to call him out on it if I ever get to meet him again. I agree that churches should not be forced to perform or accommodate or host and gay weddings if they don’t want to, and I’m sure (though I am uncertain) that the bill protects them from that, but what more do they want? I’m even okay with Religions not officially recognizing a gay couple as married, but all that means is that they can’t participate in family-oriented programs for married couples. So what? Who would want to belong to a church that didn’t accept them for who they were?

    My hope is that this historic vote will lead the federal government to repeal DOMA.

    And what will happen as a result of this? This pie chart says it all:

  4. Good morning, Kay, hope you’re feeling better!

    Yes, it’s a great day for NY – I really didn’t think it would pass, but I’m so pleased that it did. New York State should be one of the progressive leaders, but basically, north of NYC the state is more conservative. So this is really wonderful and amazing.

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