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Four weeks after Governor Paterson announced plans to introduce a gay marriage bill in New York, it passed its first vote today. The outcome of the gay marriage decision in New York is particularly important, as New York is the third most-populous state in the nation, and one of the most visible around the world. The next step for the bill is a vote in the Senate, which is far less likely to pass the bill.
DiMarzio, the leader of the Brooklyn diocese, has urged the Catholic institutions to decline donations and speaking engagements from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and any lawmaker who voted "yes" on the bill legalizing same-sex marriages. Calling New York's passage of gay marriage "another 'nail in the coffin' of marriage," DiMarzio issued a statement two days after the New York gay marriage bill was approved by the Legislature demanding that "all pastors and principals to not invite any state legislator to speak or be present at any parish or school celebration.
Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared.
After months of being lobbied on congestion pricing, dozens of New York State Assembly members retreated to a conference room in Albany. Those who wanted to speak — not all did — were given a microphone and three minutes. It was Manhattan-centric, with few tangible benefits for the other boroughs.
New York could become just the fifth state in the union to ban gay and trans panic defenses in court if legislation in Albany becomes law by the end of June. But as so often occurs, what would seem like legislation set to sail to easy passage in a state like New York may be undone by the typical bickering and dysfunction that define the Albany process. Prospective passage through the senate appears likely, with the bill being approved unanimously by the codes committee this month.
The rejected check was attached to a letter from Monsignor Joseph Calise, the church's priest, who said Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio "requested that all gifts received from politicians supporting same-sex marriage legislation be refused. The snub left Lentol flummoxed, he said, especially after the parish asked him to continue his 25 years of donations. It was something they asked for, not something I chose to honor any student with.
Developed in conjunction with Joomla extensions. Connect with us Twitter Facebook. Assemblymember Herman Farrell photo : The Assembly. Farrell, a Democrat elected to the Assembly in and the third longest serving member of the body, is known for his diplomacy and good natured bantering with Republicans and Democrats alike during budget hearings and on the Assembly floor.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio announced the ban two days after New York State passed a law allowing gay couples to tie the knot, igniting a war of words between the church and lawmakers. Andrew Cuomo or state legislators who supported the measure, which passed June 24 and takes effect later this month. Calise added that a parishioner provided a matching award.