Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wednesday: NY Marriage Equality Vote Down To The Wire

The New York state Senate must be pissed: They're actually having to work for a living. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has refused to let politicos go home for their long, leisurely summer break until they vote on the impending marriage equality bill, which is more of a tangled web with each passing day.

Monday was technically the last day of the legislative session, but votes are still pending as most Republicans try to deny same-sex marriage as a civil right and insist on placating the religious right.

Cuomo states the bill would grant same-sex couples rights to marry "as well as hundreds of rights, benefits and protections currently limited to married couples of the opposite sex."

Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire & D.C. currently grant same-sex marriage licenses. My god, if New York cannot lead the way, what hope is there for this nation to ever catch up with Europe and Scandinavia, where same-sex marriage has been legal for years?