Monday, June 18, 2007

Breaking News: Marriage Bill Moving in the Assembly

From Liz Benjamin:

The Assembly Judiciary Committee will take up the same-sex marriage bill today in a move that could ultimately decide the measure's fate in Albany this year.

The bill was added to the committee calendar late yesterday. A committee meeting has so far not been scheduled, which means it will likely be called off the Assembly floor sometime later today. The Assembly is on tap to go into session at 2 p.m.

If the legislation gets out of the Judiciary Committee, to will go to the Rules Committee - the last stop before a bill gets onto the floor. That committee is single-handedly controlled by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
She goes on to say:

Letting the gay marriage bill come to a vote would be a gamble for Silver, but not as much as the same move would be in 2008 - an election year. On the plus side, it would be a nod to both Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who proposed the bill, and the Empire State Pride Agenda, which has been very supportive of both the governor and Democratic lawmakers.

We'll keep you posted...

1 comment:

Jo-Ann said...

At last, positive movement toward a vote on marriage equality in the state assembly. We must remain visible and vocal around our demand for full marriage rights.