When you are a New York State Senator (Thomas Duane) and one of your colleagues (Sen. Ruth Hassel-Thompson) supports your bill you have to show your gratitude…I guess.
But the bill to establish gay marriage in New York went down in flames by a 38-24 vote. For the foreseeable future it’s dead. Story in The New York Times.
Gay Marriage has been defeated by voters in over 30 states. New York becomes one of the few states where it has been defeated by the legislature. If you can’t get this through the New York State Senate I don’t where you could.
It’s also a defeat for Governor Paterson who lobbied hard for it.