Thursday, May 14, 2009

NY State Assembly approves marriage redefinition; fate rests with Senate

NY Daily News: “The state Assembly gave its approval to same-sex marriage Tuesday night but the issue’s fate in New York remains uncertain.”

Reuters: “The measure, introduced last month by Governor David Paterson, passed by a margin of 89 to 52 in the state’s lower house, where Democrats have a comfortable majority.”

NY Times: “Conservative religious organizations were mobilizing as well. In the hours leading up to the Assembly vote, lobbyists for New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and the Alliance Defense Fund, an Arizona-based group that has sued the state for recognizing same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, were holding meetings with lawmakers.”

Roll call and text of the bill: A07732

This opposing measure is pending in the Assembly: A03000   Makes a marriage absolutely void if contracted by two persons of the same sex.