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    [NY Gov.] Will Introduce Same-Sex Marriage Bill

    Paterson Will Introduce Same-Sex Marriage Bill - City Room Blog - NYTimes.com

    Gov. David A. Paterson on Thursday will announce plans to introduce legislation to legalize same-sex marriage, according to people with knowledge of the governor’s plans.

    Mr. Paterson’s move, which he first signaled last week after Vermont became the fourth state to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed, reflects the governor’s desire to press the issue with lawmakers in Albany as other states move ahead with efforts to grant more civil rights to homosexuals.
    If he actually follows through on this and gets it passed, that will be the second great thing he's done in his term. It looks unlikely though:
    The fact that Mr. Paterson is introducing a bill does not, however, mean that action in the Legislature is imminent. It could take months — even longer — before the bill makes its way through the appropriate committees and onto the floor of the Senate and the Assembly.

    “This is not a guarantee of anything,” said Assemblyman Micah Z. Kellner, a Democrat from the Upper East Side who noted that it took two months for legislation legalizing same-sex marriage to get through the Assembly in 2007 before it ultimately stalled. The Senate never acted on the bill.

    The legislation is likely to have an especially bumpy ride in the Senate, where more lawmakers oppose same-sex marriage than support it. Gay rights advocates are now actively seeking more senators, both Democrats and Republicans, to vote for the bill.
    Still, I'd like to get people on the record with their position on this so the Dems in the Senate who ran on a platform of legalizing gay marriage have to answer for their reversals.
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    Re: [NY Gov.] Will Introduce Same-Sex Marriage Bill

    I forget, didn't NEw York already have a referendum on this?

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    Re: [NY Gov.] Will Introduce Same-Sex Marriage Bill

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkWizard12 View Post
    I forget, didn't NEw York already have a referendum on this?
    Nope, this would be the first one that I'm aware of.
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    Re: [NY Gov.] Will Introduce Same-Sex Marriage Bill

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkWizard12 View Post
    I forget, didn't NEw York already have a referendum on this?
    I believe there was one..

    but it never came outta the closet.





    I hope he follows through.
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    Re: [NY Gov.] Will Introduce Same-Sex Marriage Bill

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Paterson Will Introduce Same-Sex Marriage Bill - City Room Blog - NYTimes.com

    If he actually follows through on this and gets it passed, that will be the second great thing he's done in his term. It looks unlikely though:

    Still, I'd like to get people on the record with their position on this so the Dems in the Senate who ran on a platform of legalizing gay marriage have to answer for their reversals.
    What catches my attention is the language, the way this is presented.

    "Legalize same-sex marriage" implies that same-sex marriage is currently a specific criminal offence.

    Is it?

    Or is it simply neutral?

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    Re: [NY Gov.] Will Introduce Same-Sex Marriage Bill

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    What catches my attention is the language, the way this is presented.

    "Legalize same-sex marriage" implies that same-sex marriage is currently a specific criminal offence.

    Is it?

    Or is it simply neutral?
    There is no provision in the law allowing them to get married. They want to create one.
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    Re: [NY Gov.] Will Introduce Same-Sex Marriage Bill

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkWizard12 View Post
    I forget, didn't NEw York already have a referendum on this?
    No, unless things have changed, New York doesn't have voter referenda.

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    Re: [NY Gov.] Will Introduce Same-Sex Marriage Bill

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkWizard12 View Post
    I forget, didn't NEw York already have a referendum on this?
    The Supreme Court basically sent the decision back to the legislator, the assembly voted for it but the senate sat on it.
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    Re: [NY Gov.] Will Introduce Same-Sex Marriage Bill

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    There is no provision in the law allowing them to get married. They want to create one.
    Right, so it's not a matter of "legalizing" it because it is not currently illegal.

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    Re: [NY Gov.] Will Introduce Same-Sex Marriage Bill

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    What catches my attention is the language, the way this is presented.

    "Legalize same-sex marriage" implies that same-sex marriage is currently a specific criminal offence.

    Is it?

    Or is it simply neutral?
    Well if you legalize it, then other states have to recognize it, don't they?
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