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12/02/2009

'NY Minute' = quick; 'NY Senate' = anything but

by Jeremy Hooper

So the New York Senate didn't vote on marriage equality last night, instead moving the discussion to this morning. But the state assembly did. Again:

[Late last night], the New York State Assembly passed marriage equality legislation for the second time this year in a bipartisan vote of 86 to 51. By taking a vote in what is called an “extraordinary session,” the Assembly has removed any obstacle to the bill being sent to the Governor for his signature if the Senate votes on the bill when it reconvenes tomorrow to conduct business.
Assembly Vote on Marriage Signals Continued Momentum [ESPA]

Now we wait again. The Senate debate begins at 10AM, but they have to first take up the deficit reduction package (or DRP, for the politically geeky). Will we finally get our vote? Will we have enough favorable votes if the matter does come up? Or will the antics in Albany again make us want to go to the concession stand for some popcorn, so as to shield our eyes from all the clowning going on in the ring?

You can watch it all happen right here:

**UPDATE from NY Daily News:

The same-sex marriage bill, which passed the Assembly for the third time last night with virtually no debate and a 88-51 vote, is teed up and ready to be moved to the floor of the Senate for debate.

We're told that the bill is now certain to come to the floor sometime after the DRP passes. (Also on tap: Tier 5 and public authorities reform). But whether it has the 32 votes necessary to pass is anyone's guess.

Read more: Gay Marriage Hits Senate Rules Agenda, Lobbying Hits Fevered Pitch » [NYDN]

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Your thoughts

I nearly cannot stand this! hurry up, wait, hurry up, wait! Is it finally going to happen?

Posted by: Eric | Dec 2, 2009 10:45:13 AM

JH How did this all come to pass this week. Last we heard here in CA .. and I admit I am a bit blog behind, it was all dead in the water?

Posted by: LOrion | Dec 2, 2009 12:24:48 PM

Schneiderman is brilliant!

Posted by: Dick Mills | Dec 2, 2009 12:39:55 PM

Schneiderman speaking NOW http://tinyurl.com/ylh4cen

Posted by: LOrion | Dec 2, 2009 12:42:06 PM

I thought that Eric Adams was going to come out there for a minute! Turns out that he just gets that this is a civil rights issue, and not anything else.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Dec 2, 2009 12:47:06 PM

I love Savino! "Are we ready for that kind of commitment?"

Posted by: Dick Mills | Dec 2, 2009 1:25:02 PM

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