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New York Governor Reaches Agreement With Legislators Over Gay Marriage Bill! May Vote TONIGHT!

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The fight for marriage equality in New York has been a long and strenuous one, and it appears that now, since the state Assembly has passed a bill that would legalize same-sex union, it's up to the Senate to make it happen.

The bill needs 32 votes to pass on the floor. So far, 31 senators have gone on record as supporting it, and as of today, no one has changed their stance.

HOWEVER, we're hearing now that governor and legislative leaders have reached an agreement concerning religious exemptions in the marriage bill, which basically would ensure that the language used in it would protect religious institutions from the obligation to recognize marriage between homosexuals.

If this works, all the State Assembly would have to do, would be approve the new language before the full bill could become law, and the vote could take place as soon as TONIGHT!

All right! Let's make this happen, guys!

THIS IS NOT A RELIGIOUS ISSUE. IT IS AN EQUAL RIGHTS ONE - AND EVERYONE DESERVES THAT MUCH!

We're praying that the right decision is made!

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24 comments to “New York Governor Reaches Agreement With Legislators Over Gay Marriage Bill! May Vote TONIGHT!”



  1. 1

    This is not a religious issue but you're praying that the right decision is made! Lmao. You put the moron in oxymoron.
    PS - I can't wait to hear what sanfran1/you has to say about this.



  2. 2

    Re: Hairplugs for Hilton – i fucking DIED at the same GODDAMNED THING. what a fucking legit dumbass.



  3. 3

    Actually, it is an *issue* with regard to religion. Make it a must for religious folks to have to acknowledge it as well, the damned bigots.



  4. 4

    I don't know…. I don't like Cuomo, did not like his father as Gov., put taxes ON EVERYTHING, and made promises to everyone too. DO NOT TRUST ANDREW AT ALL! He was in charge of HUD under CLINTON, BOTH came up with the 'EVERY SHOULD OWN A HOME' & 'pushed' (made with incentives) banks to offer those WONDERFUL Mortgages with 'VARIABLE RATES, NO MONEY DOWN! and YOU! Yes, YOU there, with NO MONEY in the bank, NO job histoy, BAD credit! can own this OVERPRICED HOUSE! ' All you others with good credit, yadda yadda yadda, stand in line, you have to go the normal way. AND DOES ANYONE HAVE TO BE REMINDED OF WHAT HAPPENED? What is still happening? THAT STARTED THE DOMINOS RUNNING, and the BANKS WERE NEXT and they hit the JOB INDUSTRY, AND SO ON AND SO ON….. and yes, we IDIOTS IN NY VOTED HIM IN. I DON'T TRUST HIM.



  5. 5

    I hope this does pass! At the same time I really hope that religious groups don't have their rights jeopardized. It sounds like their looking for a good compromise. I really think that's best. You can't go on about how important equality is and ignore the feelings and rights of others.



  6. 6

    ANYHOO…… Andrew is now playing LET'S MAKE A DEAL WITH THE NEW YORK SENATE…. The NY state SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, This 'group' basically held NYS hostage last year, not doing anything, but most are back again.Because MOST PEOPLE WHO VOTE DO NOT KNOW WHO THEY ARE VOTING FOR. Now, I am not totally sure about this vote, I am not against Gays getting married, but I am against the way this vote has come about. AC has decided THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING RIGHT NOW/EVER!!! UHM, NY has very high unemployment, homeless, highest taxes in the nation, etc. etc. But, this is the most important thing for him to do RIGHT NOW. No, it is not, not for our ECONOMY, but maybe for ANDREW'S FUTURE POLITICAL CAREER. Now, TO GET IN VOTED IN- there is a promise that NO RELIGIOUS PLACE WILL HAVE TO PERFORM WEDDINGS THEY DO NOT APPROVE OF, NO 'KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS' (or anyplace religious back place like that) will be forced to have to rent out for receptions to anyone THEY don't want to. IT WILL BE IN AN AGREEMENT WITH THE BILL/LAW. I see that being taken to court and be ripped to shreds. I see protests in front of Catholic Churches, Mormon Tabernacles and any other church that refuses to marry a gay couple.



  7. 7

    As a New York-er, I'm thrilled to see that this issue is being addressed and that equality is on the way. However, I must respectfully disagree with you for saying that it is not a religious issue. Since the beginning of time, marriage has traditionally been a religious institution. In fact, it's one of the sacraments in the Catholic faith. It's going to take an adjustment period, and perhaps some re-wording of the religious language, to get people to become comfortable with the idea that 'marriage' is being re-worked to include institutions between men/men and women/women, and even transgendered persons.

    It's a hard line to cross and New York is going to have a long way to go even after they legalize marriage equality, because in essence, same sex couples are now going to have to find institutions willing to support and perform these marriages, which may prove more difficult than anyone realizes.



  8. 8

    Re: whatshappeninhotstuff – nice name calling asshole!!!



  9. 9

    I'm so sick of all this GAy Cock i mean crap being shoved down our tHroatS!! Stop shoving your Gay aGenda down our HUNGRY throats. Next thing you're gonna wanna fuck and fill our AsshOLES with Cock MEAT!!



  10. 10

    Re: Team Kim Richards – Fuck you cum collector!! Oh, shit, look! All that Jizz is running down the back of your leg!! LOLZ!!



  11. 11

    The heavily Democratic Assembly has already approved one version of the measure and is expected to easily pass the new version, which contains more protections for religious groups that oppose gay marriage and feared discrimination lawsuits.

    Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who campaigned on the issue last year, has promised to sign it. Gay weddings could begin 30 days after that.

    The effects of the law could be felt well beyond New York: Unlike Massachusetts, which pioneered gay marriage in 2004, New York has no residency requirement for obtaining a marriage license, meaning the state could become a magnet for gay couples across the country who want to have a wedding in Central Park, the Hamptons, the romantic Hudson Valley or that honeymoon hot spot of yore, Niagara Falls.

    The sticking point over the past few days: Republican demands for stronger legal protections for religious groups that fear they will be hit with discrimination lawsuits if they refuse to allow their facilities to be used for gay weddings.

    New York, the nation's third most populous state, would join Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C., in allowing same-sex couples to wed.



  12. 12

    i don't know why a gay person would want to be married in a church in the first place. especially one where the congregation hates you. weird. it's kind of like gay republicans. wtf!
    who wants to be in club that doesn't want you as a member.



  13. 13

    I hope they vote against this. I also pray that the right decision is made.



  14. 14

    Re: theduck79 – why does it bother you at all if gay citizens are granted the right to get married?



  15. 15

    Yawn.



  16. 16

    Re: AttFinch – I agree with you. As a gay man, I will never get married in a church. And for the one who said marriage is a religious institution, get real, the origins of marriage were never religious. All those who want to protect the "sanctity of marriage" should vote for the elimination of DIVORCE or make it an outlaw !!! and stop being such hypocrites.



  17. 17

    Yes, let's hope they do the right thing and SHOOT IT DOWN!!!



  18. 18

    Re: Hairplugs for Hilton – I don't think just because he said that he's praying for them to make the right choice he was implying it had anything to do with religion. He is just praying that they make the right choice, kind of like praying someone get's better from being sick. It has nothing to do with any certain religion or faith. If it helps you understand the idea more: he is really wishing hard that they make the right decision.
    Also, I really don't think you understand what an oxymoron is…



  19. 19

    Ah im so tired of all this gay crap. I hope they dont pass it makes me sick to see 2 women kiss or 2 men kiss its just gross. Gay ppl are trying to throw it in our face OKAY YOUR GAY I GET IT WHO CARES!! Everything on tv is gay this or gay that main characters in tv shows turning gay like wtf?? its just so annoying. If ppl in the senate decide to pass this its probably because there gay themselves. Why do you want to be married whats the big deal im sure your living together anyway, having sex etc why does it need to be recognized, live your dam life and quite whining about how your not getting treated fairly LIFE ISNT FAIR!!



  20. 20

    Approved :-)



  21. 21

    Congrats, NY!



  22. 22

    Re: Sweeteey51 – what you dont understand is, cause your straight, it doesn't make you the better person and only straight love shouldn't be only thing heard of and seen. Everyone isn't straight and being other wise shouldn't be wired or gross out, people this is the real world, everyone has the right to be seen and heard and loved…. Think of the gay kids for once, shouldn't they feel loved too?



  23. 23

    Woo hoo !!! Congratulations New York !!! Now it's time to make it happen in California!



  24. 24

    Re: jaystarr – Because marriage is between a man and a woman. It has always been between a man and a woman. It is tradionally between a man and a woman. If Gays want equal rights, that's fine. If they want tax benefits and inheritance and to be labeled next of kin, that's fine. But, you can't call it marriage. It's like the alteration of a definition that has always been.