NY's 3 top leaders: Gay marriage talks encouraging

ALBANY - (AP) - New York's three top political leaderssupport several additional religious exceptions to a gay marriagebill and are in critical negotiations over wording.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Republicanleader Dean Skelos and Democratic Assembly SpeakerSheldon Silver say that while there's no deal, talks areencouraging.

Cuomo's bill must include enough protections so religious groupsthat oppose gay marriage aren't hit with discrimination lawsuits.

Those provisions are intended not just for the undecidedsenators but to satisfy the whole Republican conference enough tosend the bill to a floor vote.

Cuomo said Wednesday he's optimistic his bill will pass in thecoming days.

New York's action is being watched closely as a pivotal momentin the national gay rights movement.

Gay marriage bill tabled; showdown loomsState Senate Republicans put off vote on same-sex marriage bill

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: Suspected gang members arrested in the Bronx 1 VIDEO: Suspected gang members arrested in the Bronx
A study says 88 percent of walking trips 2 Word on the Street: Walking with GPS
VIDEO: Bronx restaurant owner attacked, robbed in apartment 3 VIDEO: Bronx restaurant owner attacked, robbed in apartment building
Trump's keynote address last night at the Republican 4 Melania Trump's speech shrouded in controversy over plagiarism
Sea Cliff's Troy Ramey was voted off 'The 5 Elisa's Entertainment for 4/26

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE