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!

Hello from Europe – 403 Days too Many – Switzerland defends it’s Democracy!

For a change “Europeanview” was absolutely absorbed in Swiss politics. Largely overlooked by the world, a real revolution has taken place in Berne. Minister Blocher was not reelected by the Federal Assembly.

Huh? Well, bear with me for a sec. I’ll give it to you in a nutshell:

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