Just a little while after close of business today, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has finally announced Senate republicans are sending the same-sex marriage to the Senate floor for a vote. Here’s the text of his statement:
“After many hours of deliberation and discussion over the past several weeks among the members, it has been decided that same sex marriage legislation will be brought to the full Senate for an up or down vote.
The entire Senate Republican Conference was insistent that amendments be made to the Governor’s original bill in order to protect the rights of religious institutions and not-for-profits with religious affiliations. I appreciate the Governor’s cooperation in working with us to address these important issues and concerns.
As I have said many times, this is a very difficult issue and it will be a vote of conscience for every member of the Senate.”
The bill could come up for a vote tonight.