NY Senate stuck on gay marriage as rallies grow
ALBANY, N.Y. – As you would expect, there were thousands of people protesting both sides of the gay marriage debate in New York. At publishing time of this article on Monday, the issue is once again stalled. This time, it is over whether or not religious groups could be protected from discrimination charges under a same-sex marriage law.
The politicos spent three hours in a closed-door session, and they emerged without so much as a sound bite, much to the disdain of the waiting groups from each side who were waiting with anticipation in the hallways. To make matters worse, a vote to move the bill to the floor for final approval was delayed yet another day.
For now, private negotiations continue between Republican Senate leader Dean Skelos and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is the one who initialized the same-sex marriage bill.
This is a very important piece of legislation, as New York State holds a pivotal position in the national status of same-sex marriage, this by virtue of New York being the third -most populous state. But the Republican Skelos is concerned that it is very possible that a federal judge could remand religious protection. He wants further protections to assure religious groups can reserve their right to refuse service without being in violation of the gay marriage law.
So, once again, same-sex marriage finds itself saddled with uncertainty, and the religious protestors continue with their indoctrination chants of “God says no!”
One protestor, 80-year-old Ginny Winn, said “If this passes, we will become Sodom and Gomorrah”
Rabbi Yoel Loeb stated that, “It’s against God, it’s against the Holy Torah. It will have a terrible influence on children and it will destroy all humanity”
However, Bronx Minister and Democratic Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., said he now considers the legalization of same-sex marriage inevitable in New York. As well, Sharon Baum rightly stated, “This is not about religion, this is about civil rights.”