Friday, June 24, 2011

New York and Marriage Equality: Not There Yet

Close, but not quite.

The New York State Legislature abruptly adjourned for the night late Thursday without voting on any of the highest-profile measures before it, including same-sex marriage.

Two days after announcing an agreement on capping property taxes and expanding rent-control regulations in New York City, lawmakers have yet to agree on the fine print. All day Thursday, legislative leaders said they would work through the night to finish their business, but at 11 p.m., the Senate majority leader, Dean G. Skelos, a Long Island Republican, said differences over reducing the costs of state regulation on local governments had held up talks.

The fate of same-sex marriage remained uncertain; the senators left for the night without deciding whether to hold a vote, but were scheduled to return at 10 a.m. Friday. Thirty-one of the 62 members of the Senate, including two Republicans, support legalizing same-sex marriage, but one more vote would be needed for the bill to pass. Some Senate Republicans would prefer not to vote on the issue at all, and it remained possible that the Legislature would adjourn for the year without taking it up.

Meanwhile, President Obama was in New York City last night at a fund-raiser with the LGBT community. As Rachel Maddow noted, it’s interesting to see the president not be for same-sex marriage, but ask for money from those who are.