Demonstrators fill Albany statehouse as gay marriage battle continues
Crowds in Albany, New York, chant both for and against a bill that would hlep legalize same-sex marriage in New York.
June 22nd, 2011
01:15 PM ET

Demonstrators fill Albany statehouse as gay marriage battle continues

New York (CNN) - Demonstrators gathered in Albany, New York, Wednesday as state lawmakers pored over the details of a bill that could help make New York the nation's sixth and largest state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Crowds chanted both for and against the measure, wielding placards as the state's senators inched toward bringing the controversial measure to a vote.

But unlike many political stand-offs, the two groups often seemed to intermingle, singing religious songs together inside the state capital.

Others chanted political slogans, petitioning for either "marriage equality" or defending the institution's traditional definition, yelling "one man, one woman."

Technically, Monday was the last official day of the legislative session, but a vote is still pending.

Two other major measures are awaiting a decision: Whether to enact the first statewide cap on property taxes, which is linked to the extension of rent control laws that apply to roughly 1 million apartments, most of them in New York City.

A vote on the marriage measure, which the state Assembly passed June 15, has been stalled in part by Republican concerns over protections for religious institutions against the potential for litigation.

Democrats have countered that most such institutions must already abide by New York's existing anti-discrimination laws, while most church groups enjoy religious exemptions.

At last public count, 31 senators, including two Republicans, were in favor of the bill. Its backers need one more GOP member to vote in favor for it to pass.


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Fiona

    I keep hearing on CNN, what is the big deal about same-sex marriage? Don't you understand, it is all about the children and future generations! How confusing is this for children?

    June 22, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
  2. John

    Say "NO" To Same Sex Marriage
    To accept same sex marriage, you would be saying that you acknowledge their behavior to be normal behavior. Marriage has always been in national and world history a sacred bond between a man and woman. It is not possible for any species to mate with the same sex and procreate. I disagree with CNN, I feel if children were raised by same sex couples it would be harmful to their moral attributes. I also feel the survey/study CNN aired could not have been done showing impartiality. Because people having gay/lesbian family members or friends, may show partiality towards them as to prevent reprisal, malicious rumors or worse being publicly disgraced.

    June 22, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  3. sam mays

    Its ridiculous the diss on gay marriage! Gay people want it of course,people who think marriage is only between man and woman don't want it. Are the people who don't want it evil? Do gay persons want everyone to agree with them or those people who disagree become bigots?

    June 22, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  4. Mike

    You want to know what I think, well I'll tell you what I think. Leviticus 18:22. That's what I think!

    June 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm |