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Same sex marriage vote down in the queue

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The state Senate may decide today whether to bring a bill legalizing same sex marriage to the floor for an up or down vote. Gov. Andrew Cuomoo continues to be optimistic about its chances for passage. Karen DeWitt reports.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

The State Senate has delayed for another day the decision on whether to bring the same sex marriage bill up for a vote. Governor Cuomo continues to be “cautiously optimistic” about its chances for passage.

Senate Leader Dean Skelos has maintained that his Republican conference will decide on whether to vote on the gay marriage bill after other issues, like rent law renewal and a tax cap are settled, but bills on those items have been delayed for another day as lawmakers haggled over the details.

Governor Cuomo says he continues to be hopeful that the Senate will bring up the same sex marriage bill, and that it will pass.

“I’m cautiously optimistic that there are going to be enough votes there,” said Cuomo. “There’s only one way to find out, when they call the vote.”

The governor says he is still discussing amendments with the Senate GOP to guarantee more protections for religious groups, and the two sides have “gone back and forth” over specific language.

Commenting on the hold up on the major pieces of legislation from a “tentative framework agreement’ announced Tuesday, Cuomo predicts it will be worth the wait.

The State Senate has delayed for another day the decision on whether to bring the same sex marriage bill up for a vote. Governor Cuomo continues to be “cautiously optimistic” about its chances for passage.

Senate Leader Dean Skelos has maintained that his Republican conference will decide on whether to vote on the gay marriage bill after other issues, like rent law renewal and a tax cap are settled, but bills on those items have been delayed for another day as lawmakers haggled over the details.

Governor Cuomo says he continues to be hopeful that the Senate will bring up the same sex marriage bill, and that it will pass.

“I’m cautiously optimistic that there are going to be enough votes there,” said Cuomo. “There’s only one way to find out, when they call the vote.”

The governor says he is still discussing amendments with the Senate GOP to guarantee more protections for religious groups, and the two sides have “gone back and forth” over specific language.

Commenting on the hold up on the major pieces of legislation from a “tentative framework agreement’ announced Tuesday, Cuomo predicts it will be worth the wait.

“If it takes a little bit more time, it takes a little bit more time,” Cuomo said. “I would much rather get it right than rush it.”

 

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